Academies, workshops, training events, convocations, retreats. The Eastern PA Conference is a vibrant, living organism that survives and indeed, thrives in community as we gather and grow together. Our connectional life is enhanced by these types of learning events and by other gatherings as well: worship and prayer services; concerts, theater, film viewings and other performances; celebrations; picnics; sports and recreation events–the list is endless.

We also provide access to a list of upcoming Conference meetings of boards, teams and committees, and to a list of recent and upcoming Local Church events. Please send us your complete information about meetings and events right away by using our Submit News page.


July 19-20: UMW’s 2019 Annual Mission u

Celebrating 150 Years in Mission

The Inn at Reading
1040 North Park Road Wyomissing, PA 19610

The purpose of Mission u is to help church members (lay and clergy, men, women and youth) understand and interpret the global mission of the church and the responsibility of Christians within that mission; to provide information about the work of United Methodist Women; and to offer an integrated program of Mission Education, Christian Social Action, and Program Planning. Learn more…

For more information, contact the Dean of the school:
Jean Twardzik, 570-345-5061,

July 20: 4 Stations of the Holy Spirit

at Mt. Zion UMC Philadelphia, 8:30 – 12 noon

This will be the first 4 Stations of the Holy Spirit training event in the Philadelphia area.  Contact Gordon Hendrickson to register:, (267) 258-9507 (Mobile).

Learn more: 4 Stations of the Holy Spirit coming to East District, July 20

July 27: Methodist Night with the Phillies

Join fellow United Methodists and their guests for our annual United Methodist Night with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, July 27, at 7:05 PM, at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves that night and celebrate their fans, including the many who will attend from United Methodist churches. This annual event is sponsored by, and benefits the ministries of, Eastern PA Conference UM Men.

Go to to book tickets. Click “Buy Now” and use Methodist as the password. Prices vary from $20-$47 depending on seat location.

This event is sponsored by the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Organization of United Methodist Men. UMM gets a part of each ticket sold.

Learn more and get discounted tickets before they run out!


2019 EPA Laity Academy

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch… “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” –Luke 5:4,10b

Are you prepared to navigate the deep waters? Our lives and ministries are constantly bombarded by the waves that distract us from our commitment to Christ.  When you are asked to Cast Your Net and fish for Disciples, do you know where to start? Do you know what to say?

Come join us at the 2019 EPA Laity Academy for an exciting weekend of classes, fellowship, worship, entertainment, food and service. Learn how you can Gather Disciples and Grow your Ministries.

The last day to register is Friday, July 12!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rick Wrisley, Laity Academy Dean, at

We recommend you download the following planning guide for a handy resource explaining the registration process, all courses, and more!

The cost of the 2019 Academy is $110. There will be an additional $5 for the BASIC course, and an additional $10 for Making Every Prayer Count. These additional fees will cover the cost of needed materials.

More Information:
Dorm Rooms:

This year, you have the option to register for a dorm room at Eastern University for an additional cost:

  • $75 /person if 3 or 4 in room
  • $85 /person if double occupancy
  • $100 /person for single occupant 


September 7: Celebrating Cultures, Connecting People of Color: An intercultural family cookout for fellowship and fun!

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 11 AM – 3 PM. Location to be confirmed.

  • BBQ basic foods provided
  • Bring cultural side dishes to share.
  • $10 per adult. Children 12 and under are FREE
  • Music, worship, fun, fellowship and Intercultural networking.
  • Featuring the Philadelphia UMC Mass Choir and more
  • Reflections highlighting cultural experiences.
  • Playground, Gaga, & Basketball

Sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference Commission on Religion and Race. Register at

Sept. 14: Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation, Sept. 14

The conference Commission on Religion and Race and Office of Connectional Ministries will sponsor on Saturday, Sept. 14, an exploration of emotional distress and trauma caused in part by racist mistreatment, conflict and reactions, past and present.

All people of color, clergy and laity, are invited to come to Simpson House (2102 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia), 8:30 AM – 3 PM , to learn from the Rev. R. Dandridge Collins, Ph.D., M.Div., who will facilitate discussion. Collins is the author of The Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing.

Cost for the session is $25.

Download and share the flyer


October 19: Hope! Talks 2.0

Inspiration for Small Congregations

Saturday, October 19, 2019 (9 AM – 12 Noon)

Seminar on Vital Small-Church Ministries, with Bishop Peggy Johnson. Download the flyer!

Bishop’s Days on the Districts

  • Mon. Sept. 23 – North (East side)
  • Tue. Sept. 24 – North (West side)
  • Wed. Sept. 25 – West
  • Tue. Oct. 1 – East
  • Wed. Oct. 2 – South

All District Days will begin at 6:30 pm, but the locations are yet to be determined.  The Bishop will be speaking about GC 2020 and evangelism in the community.

Other Events

July 31: Mobilize Leadership Summit 2019

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Venue: United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Registration: $120 plus $14.95 for convenience charges including a lunch

Download the flyer for more information.


Many motivated spiritual leaders are struggling with an irresistible sense of disappointment, “My church is stuck or stagnant… Is that all there is?” God has a better ministry story for every church than a story of aging donors, stagnation and decline.   We have worked with hundreds of church leaders, helping them to discover the story God wants to write for their ministries and to live into that story!


A Learning Day with modules focused on:

  •    Bonding Diverse People into an Effective Unity
  •    Effective Ministry in Digital Culture
  •    Shifting our Ministry Venues Beyond the Church Building


All participating churches receive the following benefits:

  1.    FREE WEB Audit reports on your church website
  2.    $500 credits for your next church website
  3.    $500 credits toward your group coaching with Dr. Paul Nixon and Dr. Paul Moon
October 10 – 11: Northeastern Jurisdiction BMCR Annual meeting

Northeastern Jurisdiction
Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc.

50-Year Anniversary (1969-2019)

Thursday, October 10 – Friday, October 11

Theme: Past, Present, Possibilities

Hosted by the Greater New Jersey BMCR Caucus

Asbury United Methodist Church
1213 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Rev. Latasha D. Milton, Senior Pastor

Need information regarding the NEJ BMCR Annual Meeting, please contact the program chair Rev. Andrea M. King at, or the registrar Darlynn McCrae at

To Register:

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Eastern PA Conference Local Church Events