INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier United Methodists from across the state will be “Making ROOM” for others as more than 3,000 clergy and laity members of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church convene June 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center.
“Making ROOM” is based on Acts 2:46-47, “Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.” (Common English Bible)
By Making ROOM for others, all activities of the annual conference session are open to guests as well as members. New to the conference session this year are workshops to help pastors and members meet the needs of their community, a Family Fun Night on Monument Circle, a Saturday morning, June 9, Conference and Community Prayer Breakfast welcoming Governor Mitch Daniels as a guest of Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner, and a 7 p.m. Saturday night baseball game at Victory Field, across the street from the Convention Center.
This annual conference gathering also will include a visible outreach to Indianapolis called Community Connection through related volunteer mission projects based out of the Brightwood Community Center on the near northeast side of the city and Roberts Park United Methodist Church downtown. Other activities include downtown prayer walks and exhibits in the Indiana Convention Center. All of these events are open to the public as a witness of the church.
Making ROOM is a significant theme, not only for its Scriptural reference, but also because this session will be the first session held under one roof with disability access. Plenary sessions will be in the Main Room, Hall J. Exhibits and smaller worship events will be held in the adjacent Hospitality Area, Hall K. Both halls are just off the South Capitol Street main entrance at Georgia Street. Each area can seat more than 3,000 members, spouses and guests. Across the corridor are ten breakout rooms, each large enough to accommodate 100 people. Another banquet hall will be used for the Clergy Executive Session on the first day and other events of the conference session.
“Our theme for the Annual Conference Session this June is ‘Making Room’ – and it will focus upon making room for God in our lives, making room for new people in the life of our churches, and making room for the next generation of leaders... “
– Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner