2021 CONFERENCE UPDATE
We are planning to hold the 2021 conference, but that could change. We will make the final decision in early December and update the website on or before December 5th.
We will be implementing some temporary changes at the conference this year. They are listed below. If Covid transmission decreases to the low levels seen in June and July of 2021, we will start removing restrictions.
These are not easy days. Covid cases have been rising since late July, healthcare workers are weary, opinions are strong, and tensions are high inside and outside our community. The committee knows these restrictions may be controversial. We are trying to create a conference that we are willing to attend.
- 13 and up. We are planning the conference for teens and adults. There will be no classes for children. There will be no afternoon program for children.
- Masks. Masks are mandatory in all common areas of the hotel (foyer, meeting room, hallways, elevators, and small group rooms).
- No singing. Music will be prerecorded or instrumental.
- Meals. We will not have group dinners this year.
- Before arrival. Take an at-home over the counter Covid antigen test before arriving. Purchase these in-person or on-line from CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart. A package of two tests costs $23. If you have a positive test result, do not come to the conference.
- At the conference. If you have any Covid symptoms during the conference, take a Covid test. We will have some available.
- Reporting. If you test positive for Covid during the conference, tell a committee member.
- Restaurants. We encourage you to stay out of restaurants this year. Instead, consider bringing your own food and/or getting take-out.
- Rooming. ‘We are changing the registration options for room selection so you can choose a private or low-occupancy room. If you are rooming with non-family members, please consider selecting a low-occupancy room.
- Vaccinations. We know there are strong feelings about vaccinations. We considered requiring vaccinations for the conference but decided against it, even though we would all feel way more comfortable if all attendees were vaccinated.
2021 Theme: Following
“You follow me.”
Following. Following involves a certain directionality — for our hearts, our thoughts, our feet. It suggests a path, a particular Way. And it implies a leader who is leading. So, how do we follow? What or whom are we following? What are the precursors to following? Can following go awry? Who has followed before us? How can many different, opinionated people all follow together at the same time? Does my following have to look like your following? This year’s Williamsburg Conference explores these and other questions. Bring your thoughts, your questions, your Bibles, and your friends, and join us as we consider the purposes, challenges, and benefits of following.
For over 50 years, the Williamsburg Conference has provided a unique opportunity for praise and fellowship. Attendees explore inspirational topics in exhortations during the mornings and small group sessions during the afternoons. The small group sessions promote discussion in an effort to encourage everyone, young and old, to share their lives and build inter-generational friendships. The sessions focus on the topics from the morning’s exhortations. Group discussions will be built on scriptural foundations.
The Conference has been designed to help us apply scriptural knowledge about God’s precepts to our everyday lives. Let us focus our hearts and minds on worshiping and serving, in preparation for tomorrow and in preparation for the return of Jesus.
Colton and Emily Walker
Jonathan and Corina Midgett
Sam Turner and Lauren Ghent
Morning sessions are devoted to building an understanding of the chosen theme through numerous sets of scriptural readings, exhortations, and hymns. Periods of quiet meditation throughout the morning allow us to focus on the personal implications of what we have considered and on our individual relationships with God.
The afternoons are devoted to smaller group sessions that again center on the theme. The goal is to discuss how we can apply the thoughts developed in the morning sessions to our own lives. Group selection is random, so there is no age segregation and many people meet for the first time. This is all intentional. Participants find that they are able to speak from the heart. For this reason many consider the afternoons extremely beneficial and the heart of the Conference.
Evening programs are more relaxed and varied. A music program will occupy the final evening. If you would like to participate, bring an instrument, a song, and some voices.
Morning classes and afternoon activities are available for young children ages 4-13. Please indicate on your registration if you are willing to teach one children’s class on one morning during the Conference.
A continental breakfast is available for free. Lunches are taken in local restaurants, at your own expense. Two group dinners are provided in the large meeting room, one on the 28th and the other on the 30th. These are wonderful times of getting to know new friends, and renewing old friendships.
Please plan to join us for several days of intensive spiritual growth and introspection—a period of close fellowship with our God and our spiritual family.
Online registration closes on December 22.
If your plans change or you need to cancel, please tell us. The hotel charges us for your unused room(s).
Contact us at WilliamsburgConference@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.