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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Lay Servant Courses

    Please check with your respective district about the status of lay servant courses due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


    Adirondack District
    Albany District
    Binghamton District
    Cornerstone District
    Crossroads District
    Finger Lakes District
    Genesee Valley District
    Mohawk District
    Mountain View District
    Niagara Frontier District
    Northern Flow District
    Oneonta District 


    Adirondack District

    If you are interested in Certified Lay Ministry, prerequisites are the Basic Course and Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts. It is highly recommended that the five additional courses for Certified Lay Speaker be taken.

    Advanced Course 2: Preaching (Called to Preach: From Pew to Pulpit)
    Wednesdays: October 6, 13, 20: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturday: October 23,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15
    Instructors: Arlene Schmidt and Jacqueline Kim

     

    Advanced Course: Leading Worship
    Thursdays: October 14, 21, 28: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturday: November 6: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15 
    Instructors: Arlene Schmidt and Jacqueline Kim

    Basic Lay Servant Course
    Wednesday: October 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Wednesdays: November 3, 10, and 17: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15
    Facilitators: Jamiee Ross & Blessed Sikhosana

    If interested in registering for any of these courses, please email Arlene at adschmidt@nycap.rr.com.

    Click here to view the brochure.

    The Adirondack Lay Servant Ministries Team will be scheduling the new cycle of courses that will lead to certification as a Lay Servant or Lay Speaker starting with the Basic. Please watch for the updated dates and times.


    Albany District

    Advanced Lay Servant Course: Imagine No Racism
    Wednesdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 13: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $10
    Facilitator: Thaddeus Pinckney – thaddeusp1@yahoo.com

    Advanced Lay Servant Course: Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
    Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 18: 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1-3 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $10
    Facilitator: Pastor Danyal Mohammadzadeh – pastordanyal@livinghopeumc.org

    Basic Lay Servant Course
    Saturdays, Sept. 25 (9:00 am - noon); Oct. 2 (9:00 am - noon); Oct. 9 (9:00 am - 1:00 pm)
    Hybrid Course offered via Zoom and at Amsterdam UMC, 347 Golf Course Rd, Amsterdam 12010
    Course Fee: $10.00
    Facilitator: Jann Armer – jarmer38@gmail.com

    Advanced Lay Servant Course: Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders
    Weekend Retreat: Friday, Oct. 15: 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, Oct. 17: 12:00 p.m.
    In person: Fee $65.00 (includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner)
    Hotel accommodations $75.00 + taxes/night
    Contact: Nancy Goddard – bngoddard@davespc.net


    Binghamton District

    Puppet Ministry (Class limited to 10 people)
    Monday, Sept. 13, 20, 27 & Oct. 4 & 11: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Zoom
    Facilitator: Linda Bonney Olin
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Sept. 22

    Basic Lay Servant Course
    Tuesdays, Sept. 28 & Oct. 5
    Thursdays, Sept. 30 & Oct. 7: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Owego UMC
    261 Main Street
    Owego, NY 13827
    Facilitator: Pastor Gary Freeland
    Cost: $10
    Registration deadline: Sept. 22

    Spiritual Gifts – Each One a Minister
    Tuesdays, Sept. 28 & Oct. 5
    Thursdays, Sept. 30 & Oct. 7: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Owego UMC
    261 Main Street
    Owego, NY 13827
    Facilitator: Rev. Bill Prentice
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Sept. 22

    Ministry with the Forgotten (ministering to dementia)
    *Offered via Zoom (same times listed below) and in-person at Owego UMC*
    Tuesday, Sept. 28 & Thursday, Sept. 30
    Tuesday, Oct. 5 & Thursday, Oct. 7: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Owego UMC
    261 Main Street
    Owego, NY 13827
    Facilitators: Revs. Jamie Stevens & Diane Prentice
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Sept. 22

    Basic Lay Servant Course
    Tuesdays, Oct. 12 & 19
    Thursdays, Oct. 14 & 21: 5:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
    Nimmonsburg UMC
    918 Upper Front Street
    Binghamton, NY 13905
    Facilitators: Hudda Aswad & Nancy Shaw
    Cost: $10
    Registration deadline: Oct. 5

    Leading Prayer
    Tuesdays, Oct. 12 & 19
    Thursdays, Oct. 14 & 21: 5:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
    Nimmonsburg UMC
    918 Upper Front Street
    Binghamton, NY 13905
    Facilitator: Gena McMyne
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Oct. 5

    Conflict Resolution
    *Offered via Zoom (same times listed below) and in-person at Nimmonsburg UMC*
    Tuesdays, Oct. 12 & 19
    Thursdays, Oct. 14 & 21: 5:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
    Nimmonsburg UMC
    918 Upper Front Street
    Binghamton, NY 13905
    Facilitators: Revs. Jenni & Dave Piatt
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Oct. 5

    Come to the Table
    Tuesdays, Oct. 12 & 19
    Thursdays, Oct. 14 & 21: 5:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
    Nimmonsburg UMC
    918 Upper Front Street
    Binghamton, NY 13905
    Facilitator: Rev. Carolyn Stow
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Oct. 5

    Click here for a brochure with additional information and the registration form.


    Cornerstone District


    Crossroads District

    Basic Course: Introduction to Lay Servant Ministry
    Meeting in-person and on Zoom
    Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25 : 6:30 –  8:30 p.m.
    Marcellus UMC and Zoom
    1 Slocombe Ave
    Marcellus, NY 13108
    Instructor: Robert Mueller
    Cost: $15
    Click here for more information.

    Basic Course: Introduction to Lay Servant Ministry
    Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, & 12: 6:00 –  8:30 p.m.
    Hannibal UMC
    320 Church St
    Hannibal, NY 13074
    Instructor: Pastor Sue Acker
    Cost: $15
    Click here for more information.

    Advanced Course: Afire with God
    Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 20, 27, & Nov. 3: 6:00 –  8:00 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: Rev. Susan Ranous
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Sept. 7
    Click here for more information.

    Advanced Course: Living our Christian Beliefs (Wesleyan Heritage)
    Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 & Oct. 6: 7:00 –  9:00 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: George Ramseyer
    Cost: $15
    Click here for more information.

    Advanced Course: Living our Christian Beliefs (Wesleyan Heritage)
    Nov. 6, 13, & 20: 9:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.
    Baldwinsville UMC
    17 W Genesee St
    Baldwinsville, NY 13027
    Instructor: George Ramseyer
    Cost: $15
    Click here for more information.

    Advanced Course: Leading Worship
    Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, &19: 7:00 –  9:00 p.m.
    Zoom
    Cost: $15
    Click here for more information.

    Advanced Course: Leading Missional Small Groups
    Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, & 10: 7:00 –  9:00 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: George Ramseyer
    Cost: $15
    Click here for more information.

    Advanced Course: The Method of our Mission United Methodist Polity & Organization
    Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2 & 9: 9:30 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.
    Little Utica UMC
    1459 Lamson Road
    Phoenix, NY 13135
    Instructor: Donald Day
    Cost: $15
    Click here for more information.

    *Please make all checks out to UNYAC and mail them to Robert Mueller, 4432 Lathrop Dr., Marcellus, NY 13108.*


    Finger Lakes District


    Genessee Valley District

    Certified Lay Ministry: First Session
    Oct. 2: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Hilton UMC
    21 West Ave.
    Hilton, NY 14468
    Facilitators: Rev. Ruthellen Hoyle & Pastor Robert Comstock
    Cost: FREE
    Registration deadline: Sept. 20

    Click here for a brochure with additional information and the registration form.

    Fall Training Retreat
    Offering: Basic Lay Servant Course, Pastoral Care, Prayer, and United Methodist Heritage

    Nov. 5 – 7
    Asbury Retreat Center
    16 Lakeside Ave.
    Silver Lake, NY 14549
    Cost: Varies depending on accommodations
    **There is a scholarship available to those taking the Basic Course for the first time. See forms below.**
    Registration deadline: Oct. 22

    Click here for the brochure.
    **Scholarship information: Click here for scholarship information and click here for a scholarship application.**


    Mohawk District

    Basic Course
    Beginning Sept. 21 for 5 weeks: 6 – 8 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: Jacqueline Kim, CLS
    Registration deadline: Sept. 15

    Advanced Course: Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
    Beginning Sept. 4 for 5 weeks: 10 – 12 p.m.
    Lowell UMC
    5840 Lowell Rd.
    Lowell, NY 13490
    Instructor: Wendy Grosjean, CLS
    Registration deadline: Aug. 27

    Advanced Course: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
    Beginning Sept. 15 for 5 weeks: 6 – 8 p.m.
    Camden UMC
    132 Main St.
    Camden, NY 13316
    Instructor: Jeff Johnson, CLS
    Registration deadline: Sept. 7

    Advanced Course: Called To Preach
    Beginning Sept. 22 for 5 weeks: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Lairdsville UMC
    6925 Rte 5
    Clinton, NY 13323
    Instructor: Mark Adsit, CLM
    Registration deadline: Sept. 15

    Advanced Course: Accountable Discipleship
    Beginning Oct. 6 for 5 weeks: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: Pastor Robin Harris
    Registration deadline: Sept. 28

    Advanced Course: Living Our Methodist Beliefs
    Beginning Oct. 9 for 2 Saturdays: 9 – 3 p.m.
    Delta UMC
    6285 Hawkins Corner Rd.
    Rome, NY 13440-9315
    Instructor: Paul Phister, CLS
    Registration deadline: Sept. 30

    Interested participants should contact Ken Guilfoyle at (315) 254-6673 or by email at kguilf2855@aol.com for information on course registration requirements and obtaining your textbook prior to start of scheduled class.


    Mountain View District

    Lay Servant Retreat Day: For all Certified Lay Servants
    Aug. 21: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Avoca UMC
    8593 Jacob’s Ladder Road, Avoca, NY
    Pre-registration deadline: Aug. 1 (registrations accepted day of event with $20 fee)
    Pre-registration fee: $15 made payable to UNYAC (this fee covers lunch)

    Click here to register. Email Larry Crandell with any questions.

    Basic Lay Servant Course
    Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 6 - Nov. 3: 7 - 9 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: Peter O'Neill
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Sept. 15

    Lay Pastoral Giving
    Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 13 - Nov. 10: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: Susan Silhan
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Sept. 15

    Afire with God
    Saturdays, beginning Oct. 2 - Nov. 6: 9:30 - 12 p.m.
    Zoom
    Instructor: Ernest Warren
    Cost: $15
    Registration deadline: Sept. 15

    Soul Reset
    TBD for Winter 2022
    Instructor: Ann Welch Wood

    Click here for a brochure with additional information and a registration form.


    Niagara Frontier District


    Northern Flow District


    Oneonta District R


    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."