54th Annual Gathering 2019
Clergy, Laity and Institutions of the Southern Conference
Registration is now open for The Southern Conference 54th Annual Gathering to be held June 13-15, 2019. It is hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Association. Our theme is “Dreaming…What’s Possible with No Limit!” (Matthew 19:26). You may register at https://54thsocannualgathering.eventbrite.com.
Our last few Annual Gatherings have highlighted the three E’s: Educating, Equipping and Empowering and this year will be no exception!
On Thursday morning, we will be offering pre annual gathering trainings which will include boundary training for clergy and trainings for laity. The remainder of the day will be filled with workshops that focus on the rural church, Environmental Justice and technology to name a few. Worship for the evening will take place at 7 pm in a joint service with the Women of the Southern Conference.
Friday’s day will start with a prayer walk along with additional learnings. The business of the Conference will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm. In addition, we will be doing a “new thing” by having a Celebration Dinner Show preceded by a relaxing jazz ensemble.
Saturday will not only begin with a prayer walk but will feature learnings from the voices of our youth. In particular to answer the question we are all asking, what draws youth to our churches? We will wrap up with closing worship and sharing “Dreaming…What’s Possible with No Limit!”
In the coming weeks leading up to the gathering more detailed information will be put in our e-news and on our website at soc-ucc.org about speakers, workshops and other happenings at the gathering. Be on the lookout at your church for a mailing to that will include other pertinent annual gathering information.
This gathering will be a celebration of what God has done and is doing in the life of the Southern Conference. We are looking forward to seeing every Local Church and related Institutions in attendance.
Annual Gathering Workshops
Workshops continue to unfold for the annual gathering to address the three E's:
Empowering both clergy and laity.
Two workshops offered will be History & Polity for laity. All clergy are welcome but this is a non credit class. Also there will be Boundary training for clergy who have not had the course or need to renew. Both of these will be offered on the morning of Thursday, June 13th simultaneously. You will be able to sign up when you register. Look for more information on these workshops and others in the weeks ahead that will be offered.