Annual Conference:Registration, Mission challenge, and Bishop's Appeal

Online Registration is Open!

Online registration is open for the 2019 Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Online registration ends May 19. The theme for this year’s 180th session is “Back to the Future”. We will be recalling, reimagining and reclaiming our history for a hopeful future. Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles, including usher, plenary page, greeter and secretarial pool member. If you are interested, go to and click on the link next to Volunteers needed. The conference will be held June 2-7 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg. For more information, visit

Mission Challenge

A Mission Challenge is part of each year’s Annual Conference. Each district in the Northern Illinois Conference is asked to collect items that go into Dignity Kits for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, our United Methodist disaster relief supply center. The Aurora district is collecting two items:

  • Toothpaste, 2.5 oz or larger

  • Adult toothbrushes

These items must be new and can be purchased at Dollar Tree. Please bring these items to church by Sunday, June 2. They will be delivered to the mission truck at annual conference on June 3.

Bishop's Appeal

Each year as part of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference there is a Bishop’s Appeal, a special offering is collected in support of specific mission. Bishop Sally Dyck has announced that this year’s Bishop’s Appeal will go to the Northern Illinois Conference Outdoor & Retreat Ministries, which operates two camps and retreat centers in Dixon, IL and Williams Bay, WI. The money raised will help support two urban summer week-long programs and provide opportunities to children and youth who otherwise may not financially be able to attend camp. Please consider making as offering to the Bishop’s Appeal by Sunday, June 2. The money collected by Bethany of Fox Valley will be presented during a ceremony at the annual conference on June 3.