Countdown to Annual Conference


2007 Mississippi
Annual Conference
Arise! Shine! Rejoice!
June 10-13, Christ UMC,

Annual Conference is just around the corner. Here’s some useful information to keep in mind while making plans to attend. 


Clergy and lay members can get a preview of Annual Conference, register, pick up materials and ask questions at the district pre-conference briefings. All members are encouraged to attend. 

May 8 - Hattiesburg District, 6:30 p.m., Parkway Heights UMC, Hattiesburg.

May 12 - Greenwood District, 10 a.m., St. John UMC, Greenwood.

May 17 - Tupelo District, 5:30 p.m., Wesley UMC, Tupelo.

May 20 - East Jackson and West Jackson districts, 2:30 p.m., Christ UMC, Jackson.

      Senatobia District, 3 p.m., First UMC, Senatobia.

      Meridian District, 6:30 p.m., District Office, Meridian.

May 21 - Brookhaven District, 6 p.m., Jackson Street UMC, Brookhaven.

      Starkville District, 7 p.m., First UMC, Louisville.

May 22 - Seashore District, 6:30 p.m., Heritage UMC, D’Iberville.

Starkville District, 7 p.m., First UMC, West Point.

May 27 - New Albany District, 2:30 p.m., First UMC, Booneville. 


The beautiful arrangements of flowers during Annual Conference enhance worship services and provide an opportunity for congregations and individuals to honor or memorialize friends and family. To ensure information is included in the program that will be distributed during the Memorial Service, submit memorials or honorariums by Monday. 

Denman awards

The Denman Evangelism Awards help draw attention to evangelism by honoring one clergyperson and one layperson in each conference who are reaching others effectively for Christ. The awards are presented annually at Annual Conference. To nominate a pastor or layperson, contact the Connectional Ministries office at 601-354-0515 by May 11. 


Youth 16 and older are needed to serve as pages for the Annual Conference staff. To volunteer, contact the Connectional Ministries office at 601-354-0515. 


Childcare will be provided by the staff of Christ UMC for conference members’ children ages 6 months to 6 years. Evening care is available this year in addition to daytime care. Registration forms are due May 21. 


The following hotels are located near Christ UMC and still have rooms available. 

  • Best Western Jackson North - $73 with tax, 601-956-8686
  • Clarion Hotel & Suites I-55 North - $65, 601-366-9411
  • Comfort Inn, 5709 I-55 N - $65 tax included, 601-206-1616
  • Drury Inn & Suites, 610 E. County Line - $99 plus tax, 601-956-6100
  • Hampton Inn, 465 Briarwood Dr. - $79 tax included, 601-956-3611
  • Hilton, County Line Road - $104 plus tax, 601-957-2800
  • Jameson Inn, I-55 N & Beasley - $85 plus tax, 601-206-8923
  • Quality Inn North, 839 Ridgewood Rd. - $59.95, 601-956-6203
  • Red Roof Inn, I-55 & E. County Line - $60, 601-956-7707 

5K run/walk

Members of Annual Conference and local United Methodists are invited to start the day Tuesday, June 12, by running or walking a 5K (3.1 mile) course around Christ UMC in the third annual Arise! Shine! Run! 5K run/walk. Register by May 15 to ensure you receive a T-shirt.  

Mission offering

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has designated the 2007 Annual Conference Mission Offering to support ministries with children and youth in Zimbabwe and Mississippi. In the spirit of chabadza, 50 percent of the offering for youth and children’s ministry in Zimbabwe and 50 percent for youth and children’s ministry in Mississippi. 

Special meals

If you are planning a special breakfast, luncheon or dinner during Annual Conference please provide details to the Connectional Ministries office, 601-354-0515.