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Welcome to the Rappahannock River District!  

We are 74 United Methodist congregations with one uniting vision.  Our congregations, ministry settings, and people are very diverse but our passion is to Make Disciples.  

We seek to Make Disciples through four entry points: Unity, Spiritual Formation, Empowering Our Laity, and through Mission ministry in our neighborhoods, throughout our Conference, and around the world.  We value lay and clergy as equal and effective partners in ministry.  

Most importantly, we invite you to connect with one of our congregations of ministries to grow deeper in faith and to transform the world for Jesus Christ. 



 For the latest news and information about what is happening around our Conference, click here to read the eAdvocate online


The 2017 Charge Conference Schedule is available to download by clicking here

The Rappahannock River District is collecting Flood Buckets to send to UMCOR to help with Hurricane Harvey cleanup. Our Deadline to have them to the Conference Office is September 20. There are also packing events and other information listed in this special District update. 

Click here to learn more

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 Pastor Penny Rasnake will be coordinating drop off points for our District Collection of Flood Buckets. She will need churches with space to volunteer to be a drop off point and volunteers with trucks to load and deliver them to the conference center. Our deadline for getting them to the conference center is 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 20.

For a bulletin insert from UMCOR, please click here http://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2017/august/0825umcorrespondstoharvey

Please watch your emails for information regarding the drop off points.
If you have the space and would be willing to fill this need, please contact Penny. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bishop Lewis has issued a letter continueing to address Charlottesville. It may be read online by clicking here

 District Clergy Retreat 2017 information can be found here

 For information and a downloadable flyer for the Fall 2017 District Lay Servant Training, please click here

If your church is planning on inviting or already have invited the Bishop for a visit, please click here to read the guidelines the Bishop's Office has sent out. 

Upcoming Conference/District Events


WomansConference webevent

Explore what it means to live your life with confidence. Join us at Ebenezer’s Women’s Conference, Live Your Life Bold and Brave.

Featuring Nicole Unice, Author of Brave Enough and Ministry Director at Hope Church

Sessions include:

  • Created With a Purpose
  • Navigating Life’s Up’s & Down’s
  • Scheduling Time for God
  • Be Bold & Brave with Healthy Habits

Registration: $20.00 includes breakfast and lunch

Onsite child care available, $5.00 per child and includes lunch (max $20 per family). 

Visit http://ebenezerumc.org/event/womens-conference/ for more information or registration

The District's UMVIM 2017 Team has returned safely from El Salvador! While there, they distrisbuted food bags and helped with a medical clinic.

Click here to see photos of the trip


Bishop's Bible Challenge 2017

Dear Virginia Annual Conference,

I think you would agree with me that every New Year there are individuals who decide to make a New Year’s resolution. I googled “New Year’s resolution" to discover that there are several articles written on this popular subject. 

Bishop Lewis asked that I share with you the direct link to the Bible Challenge sign up on the Conference website.  She is asking that you share this, in what ever avenue you chose, letting your churches know they can have their members sign up.

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District Youth

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Kiger at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..