Virtual Worship Service for clergy use

In recognition of all the tireless and faithful work of the clergy of the Virginia Conference, Bishop Sharma Lewis and the Cabinet have prepared a virtual worship service that clergy may use in lieu of their weekly worship service any time through the end of 2021.

The hope is that clergy will use this service so they may take an additional Sunday off for rest and renewal. This worship service is available along with an order of worship.

The Bishop and Cabinet are so thankful for all the ways that the clergy of the Virginia Conference have led during the pandemic and are excited to connect with churches through this worship opportunity.

Download Video (mp4) & Order of Worship (pdf)

Previous Sabbath Worship Files



Arlington & Alexandria District Superintendent Sarah Calvert has preached a sermon “God’s Time” that is now available for Arlington and Alexandria Churches to use.  You can download that sermon here.

Arlington District

MAY Sabbath Worship Service

Our Sabbath Worship Service for May is Laity-focused. The Arlington District Lay Leader and Associate Lay leaders offer this worship for Arlington District Churches to use in order to offer some Sabbath for clergy and worship teams.

Thank you to Mt. Olivet and Walker Chapel for the music.

A worship experience provided by Rev. Cathy Abbott. Cathy previously served as the Arlington District Superintendent.

December Sabbath Worship Service

Alexandria District

The Alexandria District is offering a Sabbath Worship Service for churches to use to offer respite to their clergy and technology teams. You may download the worship service for use using the button below.

MAY 2021 Sabbath Worship Service

Below you will find a worship service designed to offer pastors and church worship teams a Sabbath Sunday. The buttons will take you to our DropBox where you can download the full service, the bulletin, the music (prepared by churches in the Arlington and Alexandria and Richmond Districts), and the sermon/Scripture as a stand alone file. We hope that these items will help your team have a time of rest in the coming weeks.


July 2020 Sabbath Worship Service

Worship Element Sharing

Arlington Clergy have asked for a place to share worship elements (music, prayers, etc.) This is a place where you can upload those elements for other churches to use and for downloading elements to use in your church.

Sarah Calvert’s Bio

Sarah is a United Methodist elder serving as the District Superintendent of the Arlington District of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Sarah grew up all over as a military kid (itinerate from an early age!), ending up in Fairfax, Va., graduating from Oakton High School. She has a BA in Economics from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and then became an attorney with her own firm in Fairfax after receiving her law degree from George Mason Law School. After an overwhelming and literal calling from God, Sarah attended Wesley Theological Seminary receiving her Masters of Divinity there and then again a few years later went back for a Doctorate in Church Leadership. Her dissertation work was on the formation of clergy peer learning groups. Sarah served as associate pastor for 6 years at a large church in Loudoun, planting a second site for them and developing outreach into the community. She then spent 3 years as a sole pastor, helping revitalize a small church in Luray, Virginia. Most recently, she served the Bi-Districts of Arlington and Alexandria as a revitalizer and leadership developer. Sarah has one son, Matthew, 26, and is owned by a rescued boxer named Sugar Ray.