2018 Annual Conference What You Need to Know
What You Need to Know
Click here to read the 2018 Annual Conference Guide. It features everything you need to know while on site at Annual Conference from how to download the event app, transportation and parking, campus and Arena map, local restaurants, and meals served on site.
The 2018 Annual Conference is being held at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Co
mmunity College (OCC), located at 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse NY 13215. Click here to learn about shuttle service to and from OCC, driving, and parking during Annual Conference.
Click here to view a preliminary agenda, which includes a few pre-Conference events.
Click here to view the 2018 Annual Conference Journal, Volume I.
Clergy Session and Laity Session
Clergy Session and Laity Session will be held on Wednesday, May 30 from 7-9 p.m. (not Thursday mornings like in the past) at OCC's SRC Arena. Clergy must check-in at the registration table prior to heading to their session and shuttle service to and from area hotels will NOT be offered this night. Click here to learn more about the sessions.
Boldly Living our Call to acknowledge Christ, follow Christ, and offer Christ. Click here to learn more about opening worship, memorial service, and Service of Blessing and Anointing at this year's Annual Conference. Click here to view and download worship booklets. All Communion bread offered during Annual Conference will be gluten-free.
Service of Commissioning and Ordination
The Service of Commissioning and Ordination will be held Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. in the SRC Arena at OCC. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb will preside with the full Upper New York Area Cabinet in attendance. Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, North Eastern District, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, will be the preacher. Click here to learn more.
Childcare will be offered at no additional cost at this year's Annual Conference. Year-round and seasonal Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) staff members will be overseeing children and doing more than just providing daycare. All CRM staff have a wide variety of training, including behavior management, responding to children's needs, and dealing with emergency situations. Click here to learn more.
All meals will be buffet style with the exception of special banquets. New this year is a continental-style breakfast from 7-9 AM Thursday morning, welcoming guests as they arrive to Annual Conference. Click here to learn more about the meal service and what's to eat around OCC and click here to view the lunch and dinner menu May 31- June 2. Click here to view the Wholely Grounds menu at The ROAD, a coffee house and New Faith Community of The United Methodist Church. They're located about a mile from OCC at 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike.
- Special Meal: Palestinian Dinner at St. George’s Macedonian Church
- Special Meal: Renewal and Evangelism in Upper New York (REUNY) Breakfast at Crowne Plaza Hotel
- Special Meal: Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) lunch at Wholely Grounds at The ROAD coffee house
SRC Arena Layout
Since the 2018 Annual Conference is being held at a new facility this year, we want you to feel better prepared when navigating your way around the SRC Arena at OCC. Whether you're attending Clergy Session, need to find the location for child care, or are just arriving and need to register on site, click here to read about the layout of the space.
Five offerings will be collected at Annual Conference. Click here to learn about each offering.
Program teams and groups affiliated with the Upper New York Conference may request to have a display table at Annual Conference. Tables will be set up in Allyn Hall Gymnasium at OCC and will be open starting Thursday, May 31 at 12 p.m. Click here to read the display area guidelines and to download a fillable PDF request form. All forms must be submitted by April 13.