Welcome to NCJ2016!
Welcome to the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Our 2016 Conference theme is Living Together: In Unity…Amid Diversity…for Ministry, based upon Ephesians 4: 1-16. The logo was designed by Kim Halusan, graphic artist for the host Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Peoria was also the site of the 1968 Jurisdictional Conference.
Conference communicators from the NCJ are working collaboratively to provide news and information about the quadrennial gathering, which will get underway on at 10 a.m. July 13, with Opening Worship and is tentatively scheduled to adjourn at 6 p.m. July 15.
A Consecration Service for the four newly-elected bishops will be at 10 a.m. July 16 at Peoria First UMC, 116 NE Perry Ave.
Jurisdictional Website: Persons should visit www.ncjumc.org for the latest information concerning the Jurisdictional Conference including election results. Click on the logo to go to the page specific to the Jurisdictional Conference.
Twitter hashtag: #NCJUMC has been assigned as the official hashtag for the Jurisdictional Conference.
Registration: Advance registration has closed, but persons attending need to register upon arrival at the Conference Office, located outside Hall C of the Peoria Civic Center. In addition to obtaining proper credentials, tickets are on sale for the Peoria Under the Stars event at the Riverfront Museum Thursday evening.
Facilities: Four facilities are being used for the 2016 NCJ Conference:
- Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson – location for worship and the plenary sessions of the Conference. Morning worship is in the Grand Ballroom, located on the fourth floor. Rooms for Nominee Forums and Delegation meetings are on the second floor (stairs and elevators just outside Hall A) or on the fourth floor (surrounding the Grand Ballroom). The plenary session will be in Hall C; the press room will be in Hall B and the exhibit area and site of daily lunch buffets (ticket required) will be in Hall D.
- Pere Marquette Marriott Hotel, 501 Main St. – location for most committee meetings during the NCJ Conference. A skywalk on the second floor connects to the Peoria Civic Center. It also connects with the Courtyard Marriott Hotel Downtown, 533 Main St.
- Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington – location for Peoria Under the Stars (Area Night) and the reception for retiring bishops. Tickets for the meal are $20 but everyone may attend free if they are not eating.
- Peoria First UMC, 116 NE Perry – location of the Service of Consecration on Saturday at 10 a.m. and site of several special meals organized by various groups.