District Conference 2020
District Conference will be held online on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00-12 NOON.
Please note that this is a NEW date due to the rescheduled Annual Conference.
District Day/District Conference Details
Registration is required for District Conference. Please register here or by using the button below.
Anyone may attend District Conference. Those who are voting members of the District Conference (persons who hold specific offices within their church) will be eligible to vote for the 2021 District At-Large delegates to the 2021 Annual Conference, scheduled for June of 2021. Those persons were sent voting credentials via email on November 5.
In order to have the best possible District Conference experience, you should plan to join via a computer. Phones/iPads/other devices will work but will not provide the best experience for the attendee.
You may also email NoVaDistricts@vaumc.org, but please note that we will be behind the scenes making District Conference happen and will do our best to respond to emails while also focused on the business of the conference.
Below you will find the materials needed to fully participate in the Bi-District and single district conferences.
These links will be used during District Conference to take you to the various parts of the meeting.
- Bi-District Conference Book of Reports
- Alexandria District Book of Reports
- Arlington District Book of Reports
- District Conference Cheat Sheet
These links offer additional information about elements of District Conference.
District Conference Quick Links
District Conference will take place in two parts. We will begin in the Bi-District Conference with attendees from both Arlington and Alexandria together in a Webinar. Your Zoom Confirmation link will take you to that portion of the day. We will begin promptly at 10:00 AM. Your Zoom Confirmation link (once you have registered using the button above) will come to your email from: United Methodist Church Northern Virginia <firstname.lastname@example.org> with the subject line: District Day: Saturday, November 14 Confirmation.
This link will take you to our offering portal. Use the
District Conference Offering button to give.
This link will take you to our Single-District Meeting buttons. Please note that we will use this link AFTER the initial Bi-District business has been completed. All participants will need to visit this link in order to select and enter their single district meeting.
This link will take you to our voting portal where eligible voters may vote for 2021 District-At-Large delegates. Please do not vote until your District Superintendent calls for the vote, as nominations will be made from the floor during your meeting.
Voting at District Conference
Everyone who comes to District Conference may vote on matters of the Bi-District.
Only eligible voters may vote for District-at-Large delegates to the 2021 Annual Conference. Eligible voters received their voting crednetials in an email on Thursday, November 5.
By our Annual Conference Rules, these are the persons who are eligible voters:
- church lay leader
- chairperson of the church council
- church school superintendent
- president of the United Methodist Women
- president of the chartered United Methodist Men
- district steward
- the lay member of the annual conference
- and three members at large, one of whom shall be a youth, as elected by each charge conference
CLERGY are NOT eligible to vote for lay delegates, thus they have NOT received voting credentials.
Please also note that the persons would have held those positions in the 2019/2020 year. Persons elected at charge conference in 2020 are eligible voters at the 2021 District Conference.
At-Large-Delegates will be voted for during the second half of District Conference. After the joint Bi-District portion of the meeting has concluded, participants will enter their District Conferences via Zoom Link. During that portion of the day, the District Superintendents will ask for nominations from the floor. Those nominations will be put on the screen for participants to see. Then, once the superintendents call for the vote, eligible voters will visit novaumc.org/vote to submit their ballots. (Note that quick link will redirect you to our voting site: vote.associationvoting.com/novaumc)
If you get stuck during the voting process, you can use the built in help feature to ask for help or to request your voting credentials.
If you need further assistance, you can contact NoVaDistricts@vaumc.org OR your District Administrator at AlexandriaDistrict@vaumc.org OR ArlingtonDistrict@vaumc.org but please note that we will be behind the scenes making District Conference happen and will do our best to respond to emails while also focused on the business of the conference.
District At-Large-Delegate Nominees
The following persons have been nominated as District-At-Large Delegates. These persons will be voted on at the November 14 District Conference and those elected will serve at the 2021 Annual Conference.
Important Dates to Remember
Nominations for 2021 District At-Large Delegates are due by Monday, November 2 at 12 NOON.
In order to be on the District Conference ballot, nominees must fill out the district at-large delegate profile form and submit it prior to November 2 at Noon. You can find the nomination forms above.
We will hold a practice session for those unfamiliar with Zoom Webinar and those wishing to practice voting for delegates. That session will be on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. To participate in the practice session please follow this link.
District Day Begins!
District Day will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. so attendees should plan to sign on at 9:45 a.m. in order to be ready to get started.
District Conference Practice
We will hold a Practice Session for District Conference on Sunday, November 8 at 4:00 PM.
The goal for Sunday’s Practice Session is to help orient attendees to the different platforms and technology we will use for District Conference. Attendees of the Practice Session will have the ability to attend both a Webinar portion and Zoom meeting portion, will practice moving from Zoom to external links, will practice taking polls, asking to speak to the body, and eligible lay delegates will practice using their voting credentials. We will also be available to take questions. We have prepared a District Conference Practice Cheat-Sheet to help folks navigate the practice session. The official District Conference packet and materials will be available next week.