Lifelong Learning Events


June 1: Bishop Weaver Gathering: Interim Virginia Conference Bishop will meet with Clergy and Laity from the Roanoke and Lynchburg Districts at Bethlehem UMC in Moneta from 3 PM - 5 PM. Bishop Weaver will discuss General Conference 2019, the Judicial Council decisions and our process going forward.  Register for this event ONLINE or by calling the Roanoke District office at 540-989-3335

June 7: Early Response Team - RECERTIFICATION Training
Friday June 7, 5:00-9:00 pm for Recertification

Location:  Bethlehem UMC 13586 Old Moneta Rd Moneta VA

Cost of training is $35. Steve Cass is the instructor.

Contact Carolyn Koontz for more information or to register.


June 8: Early Response Team - INITIAL CERTIFICATION Training --

Saturday June 8 -  8:00 am -4:00 pm

Location:  Bethlehem UMC 13586 Old Moneta Rd Moneta VA

Cost of training is $35. Steve Cass is the instructor.

Contact Carolyn Koontz  540-719-0555 or to sign up.

July 25-26: Helping Hands -- is an exciting two-day mission experience for children (rising 4th through 6th Graders) for churches throughout Virginia.  It will be hosted at: Windsor Hills UMC, Roanoke. Contact: Heather Case (540) 774-4730 or Debbie Brown (540) 344-6225  Click here to download a registration form for the Roanoke event (pdf).  Deadline to register is July 19.

July 26-28: Mission Encounter 2019 is scheduled to be held at the 4H Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake. Classes offered will include: The Radical Discipleship of Mark UMW Anniversary Class What About Our Money For more information CLICK HERE

August 2-4: Virginia Conference Lay Servant Academy -- Registration is open for the 40th Anniversary Lay Servant Academy to be held at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, August 2-4. For information, please visit please for a brochure and course descriptions. For more information regarding the Academy contact David Bailey,, 804-338-3168. For help with registrations, contact MaryKaye Cochran,, 804-521-1155.

August 14: Fresh Expressions' Roanoke Roundtable. If you attended Fresh Expressions' recent Roanoke Vision Day and want to explore the next steps OR if you are new to Fresh Expressions and want to learn how your church can implement Fresh Expression into your congregation and community join us on Wednesday, August 14 at 6 PM at Cave Spring UMC, Roanoke. The event is free but registration is encouraged at:

November 14: 5 Talent Academy- ENGAGE 2019: Community Transformation.

Year Long

Bishop's 2019 Bible Study - Since 2017, Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in a year -- with a different challenge each year. For 2019, the Bible Challenge is a blend style of ready -- a mixture of Old and New Testament readings each day. In this new year, challenge yourself to study the Bible and strengthen your faith in the process. Click HERE for the 2019 Daily Readings.

VAUMC QUADRENNIAL CLERGY ETHICS TRAINING:  Offered in each district once in the quadrennial.  CLICK HERE for schedule and registration.