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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

From the DS

Embrace 2018: Virginia Clergywomen's Transformational Event
Let the Women Gather ~ September 25-26, 2018
Virginia Crossings Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA, 23059


Embrace 2018! is the first gathering of the Virginia clergywomen in 30 years! Join us for two days of worship, study, and community. Engage in hands on missions, show off your skills in a Talent/No Talent Show, and participate in panel discussions on change and growth within your own ministry context. But most importantly, connect with other clergywomen and claim a renewed sense of call. Be inspired. Be nourished. Be embraced.

For more about this event, click here

Evaluation link for those who attended SEE ALL THE PEOPLE with Jeff Campbell-- PLEASE CLICK HERE


Shared by our DS, Rev. Ted Smith: A great video from the November 18th District Conference - The Racial Harmony workshop


Click to view the 2018 District Conference Slide Show that was shown at the Conference


Upcoming Events & Other News



The Heartwood Center, a mission on the Rappahannock River District has the following part-time, summer seasonal position available:

Mission Ministries Coordinator

The Coordinator leads a group of volunteers to provide a 2-week day camp for Middle School Students with a focus on mission in the local community.  The home base for the camp is at the Heartwood Center property on Hartwood, Virginia in Stafford County.  During the camp, the students have the opportunity to participate in team building skills, low ROPES course, hands on local service projects, Bible study, and recreation. The local churches support the camp with experienced and enthusiastic volunteers and evening meals. 

To learn more about this paid position:  visit: http://www.theheartwoodcenter.org/mission-coordinator-position-description-2018/

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call:  Rev. Gayle Porias at 540.788.9838

The four District Chat & Chew 2.0 held at Ebenezer UMC, Stafford was a wonderful event. We had approximately 400 in attendance. Thanks so much to the Ebenezer UMC Volunteers who were AWESOME!  Click here to view the video of the event at our Facebook page 


District Lay Servant Ministries Training will be offered May 4-5, 2018. More Information and Registaration Packet is available for download by clicking here 



2018 District MIssion Triptoel salvador

July 2 - 6, 2018. For the Mission Team Application, please click here if you have any questions, please contact Rev. Craig Muffley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



District Youth

Hello District Youth & Youth Leaders!

We are so excited about our upcoming District Youth Retreat on April 13 - 15 at Camp Happy Land in Richardsville!  We have a great retreat leader lined up and it should be a wonderful time!
Each church should send in the T-shirt Order form and Registration form along with ONE check made payable to the Rappahannock River District by the deadline of March 18, 2018.  (Mailing Address is on the form.)  
Each church youth leader should KEEP the signed Code of Conduct forms and Parental Consent forms. DO NOT MAIL THESE TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE. Leaders take them with you to the retreat. 
If you have any questions, please contact Powell Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or cell 8044671198
Again, the deadline is March 18, 2018 at 4:30pm.  We cannot accept ANY registrations after that time.