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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Getting ready for Annual Conference: The layout of SRC Arena

    April 10, 2018 / By Vicki Swanson

    To help attendees feel prepared for spending a few days at a new facility at the 2018 Annual Conference, held May 30-June2 at the SRC Arena on Onondaga County Community College (OCC)’s campus, this article will share some general information about the layout of the space we are occupying at OCC. 

    We will be publishing a map of the parking lots just prior to Annual Conference so that those who are unable to walk a long distance can park near a shuttle location. In addition to the shuttles from our downtown hotels, there will be parking lot shuttles (van-size) to get people to the SRC Arena entrance. They will pick up folks at specified locations marked by sandwich boards.

    Upon entry to SRC Arena, the registration tables are straight ahead. To the left is the hallway to Allyn Hall/Gym – the location for Clergy Session, child care, and later the Display Room and Cokesbury. If attending either of the two special banquets – Memorial Service Dinner or BOM Dinner – you would continue through Allyn Hall, exit the building, and enter the next building, which is Gordon. The Gordon Great Room is immediately on the right upon entry. 

    Back in the SRC Arena building, in addition to registration there are restrooms and the Prayer Room on the right side of the entry area. On the lower level is where most of the action takes place. Getting to the lower level happens via elevator (near registration) or via stairs (to the right of the main entry). On the lower level is the dining area and the main session area, divided by a curtain. There is a large bank of restrooms near the dining area. For those participating in Blueprint for Wellness, that activity is located in a classroom down the hallway near the restrooms. 

    Locations for a Spiritual Direction room and a Coaching room will be announced as we draw closer to the Annual Conference.

    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."