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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.

    Basic Course Lay Servant Course (with the Binghamton District)
    Mondays: April 12, 19, 26 & Thursday April 29: 6-9 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15
    Instructors: Jacqueline Kim and Timothy Bard

    Advanced Course: Leading Prayer
    Wednesdays: April 14, 21, May 5: 6-9 p.m.
    Saturday: May 1: 9-1 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15 

    Basic Course: Basic Lay Servant 
    Thursday: May 13 and 27  6-9 p.m.
    Saturday: May 29 9-1 p.m.
    Monday: June 7 6-9 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15

    Advanced Course: Spiritual Gifts
    Mondays: June 14  and 21  6-9 p.m.
    Saturday: June 26  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Thursday: July 1 6-9 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15  

    Advanced Course: Leading Worship
    Wednesdays: July 14, 21, 28  6-9 p.m.
    Saturday: August 7 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15  

    Advanced Course: Polity
    Tuesdays: August 17, 24, 31 6-9 p.m.
    Saturday: Saturday August 28 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15  

    To register or for more information on the following, please contact the Arlene at adschmidt@nycap.rr.com.
    Click here for the brochure.


    Albany District


    Binghamton District

    Basic Course Lay Servant Course (with the Adirondack District)
    Mondays: April 12, 19, 26 & Thursday April 29: 6-9 p.m.
    ZOOM: Course Fee: $15
    Instructors: Jacqueline Kim and Timothy Bard

    To register, please email Arlene Schmidt at adschmidt@nycap.rr.com.


    Cornerstone District


    Crossroads District

    Called to Preach
    Wednesday: March 17: 7-9 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $15
    Registration deadline: March 10
    Click here for more information and a registration form.


    Finger Lakes District


    Genessee Valley District

    Advanced Course: Leading Worship
    Mondays: Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, and 22: 7-9 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $15
    Instructor: Pastor Meg Morin
    Registration deadline: Feb. 15.
    Click here for more information and the registration form.

    Certified Lay Ministry
    First Session: Saturday, April 10: 9-12 p.m. (the following 4-5 sessions will be decided by the group)
    Instructors: Rev. Ruthellen Hoyle and Pastor Robert Comstock
    Click here for more information and the registration form.

    For more information, please call (585) 413-6057.


    Mohawk District


    Mountain View District

    Advanced Course: Polity
    Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22: 6-8 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $15
    Instructor: Rev. Dr. Jeff McDowell, Mountain View District Superintendent
    Click here for more information and a registration form.

    Basic Lay Servant Class
    Tuesdays: March 2–30: 7-9 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $15
    Instructor: Peter O'Neill

    Imagine No Racism
    Thursdays: April 22 – May 20: 2-5 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $15
    Clegy are invited and welcomed to participate as well.
    Instructor: Leslie Haggstrom

    Advanced Course: Lay Pastoral Caregiving
    Wednesdays: April 28 – May 19: 7-9 p.m.
    Zoom: Course Fee: $15
    Instructors: Deaconess Susan Silhan, Kim Snyder

    Click here for more infomation and a registration form for the Basic Lay Servant, Imagine No Racism, and Lay Pastoral Caregiving courses.


    Niagara Frontier District


    Northern Flow District


    Oneonta District 


    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."