Preparation for Annual Conference #4

Preparation for Annual Conference #4


This message is the fourth in a series from Director of Connectional Ministries Matt Curry detailing what happens at annual conference.


Ascribe to the Lord… glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

– Psalm 29:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

An integral part of each annual conference is the opportunity for the NYAC community to worship together.  This year’s worship team led by co-chairs Rev. Heather Sinclair, First UMC in Greenwich and Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, New Milford UMC, is comprised of more than 25 lay and clergy members of our conference, in addition to a music team led by Raymond Trapp, Vanderveer Park UMC. These talented individuals have shared many gifts to create exciting multi-sensory worship.

Annual conference begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday with opening worship that includes a message and singing from historical figures from the New York area of the Methodist Church.  Bishop Middleton will be preaching. Her sermon title is 'Sent Forth by The Spirit'.

Worship continues Thursday morning at 6:15 a.m. with communion led by those who will be ordained as elders this year. At 8:30 a.m., the day officially begins with opening prayer led by our six district superintendents. The Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion is held before lunch. After lunch, the conference recognizes those who are retiring in the Celebration of Retirement Service.

Worship on Friday also begins with the 6:15 a.m. communion led by the class of 2016 commissioned and provisional members. At 8:30 a.m., a time of prayer led by Rev. Laurel Scott, UMC of Port Washington, and the NYAC prayer team gathers the body for the day ahead.  Before lunch, the body will participate in a special service, “Come to the Table: A Service of Repentance and Reconciliation for the Sins of the Church Against People of African Ancestry.” The day concludes with the service of healing and anointing led by Pastor Debbi Mygatt, Jesse Lee Memorial UMC, and the NYAC anointing teams.

Annual conference concludes on Saturday with the ordination/commissioning/recognition service. Ordination is an important service for clergy because it provides them the opportunity to renew their vows and recommit themselves to their ministry. During that service, four local pastors will be given their license; four deacons and nine elders will be commissioned, and one deacon and 13 elders will be ordained! Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Pacific Conference will preach a message entitled, “Go . . . In Jesus’ Name.”

Opportunities to worship the Lord in splendor abound.  Many of the services will be live-streamed so please join us virtually if you are not able to be present. You can find the link on our web page