The Conference provided opportunity for celebration on a number of fronts – the 25th anniversary of the annual conference following the merger of the former Central and Southern Illinois conferences in 1996 and the approaching bicentennial of Methodism in Illinois when the first session of the antecedent Illinois Conference convened in 1824.
Conferees also celebrated the completion of the six-year Our Conference, Our Kids campaign, in which funds were raised to finance the chaplaincy programs at the five children’s health and welfare agencies in the IGRC – The Baby Fold, Chaddock, Cunningham Children’s Home, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and Spero Family Services. The $2.5 million goal was eclipsed and the Conference celebrated total giving of $3,000,130.76. The Conference also approved the naming of the endowment as the Bishop Frank J. and Melissa K. Beard Our Conference, Our Kids Endowment.
The generosity of the Annual Conference was evident as a report showed that IGRC churches contributed $6,619,996 to missions beyond apportionments through The United Methodist Church.
Special offerings during the Annual Conference included: $21,900; John Kofi Asmah School in Liberia, $3,750; Tom Brown Scholarship at Wiley College, $4,500; and funds for the 2023 Ordinands’ Trip, $4,600.
Because the location of our 2022 Annual Conference Session is within Peoria County, this will result in changes to our safety practices at Annual Conference. If the COVID community risk level for Peoria County remains High on June 9-11, then the Committee on Annual Conference Sessions will be asking all of our in-person participants to wear a well-fitted face mask while indoors. If this change in risk level or masking recommendations results in you deciding to change from in-person to online participation, please follow the following guidelines prior to May 27 to make this change in registration:
Persons wishing to switch their registration from being on-site to virtual as a result of the possibility of masks needing to be worn: Go back to your confirmation email that came upon registering for Annual Conference. There is a link that says VIEW CONFIRMATION where you can view or manage your registration. Click it on, select Edit Form at the top, go to the question dealing with Conference location, make your change and hit the Submit Registration button at the bottom of the screen. Any changes need to be made prior to the May 27 cutoff. Otherwise, you are locked in to your selection. Contact Paul Black if you have any difficulties in making the change.
By Paul Black SPRINGFIELD -- Annual Conference Secretary Ethan Carnes has announced that 198 congregations will have an additional lay member to annual conference to equalize the number of clergy and laity members for the 2022 Annual Conference session. The equalization formula is set by the Standing Rules of the Annual Conference III.C. The purpose of equalization is to ensure an equal number of laity and clergy at the annual conference. Clergy members of the annual conference consist of ...