From Saturday, April 6th through Thursday, April 11th, the 6th District of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, which is the entire state of Georgia, has convened in Savannah for the 148th session of the Georgia Annual Conference which is being held at St. Philip Monumental
A.M.E. Church located at 1112 Jefferson Street in Savannah, where The Rev. George Moore Jr. is pastor.
This is the first series of annual conferences under the leadership of Bishop Preston W. Williams II, the newly appointed presiding bishop of the A.M.E. Church in Georgia. The Rev. George Moore explains that, “Bishop Williams is a native of Willacoochee, Georgia. He grew up attending St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Willacoochee, which is a part of the Georgia Conference. So we are honored to welcome Bishop Williams home as a son of the Georgia soil.” From 2012-2016 Bishop Williams will govern the 543 A.M.E. Churches throughout Georgia, and serve as Chairman of the Board of Turner Theological Seminary and Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
As part of the preconference activities, Saturday, the A.M.E. Church held a youth summit at St. Philip Monumental A.M.E. Church where over 300 youth were taught about topics such as: salvation, the Scriptures, church etiquette, and church history. The children also participate in praise and dance teams, mime ministries, gospel choirs and other fun and healthy activities.
The A.M.E. Church’s Georgia Conference is comprised of the Savannah, West Savannah and Waycross Districts and contains approximately 20,000 local members. Hundreds of A.M.E. officials, clergy and laity from throughout the state of Georgia have come to Savannah to attend the 2013 Georgia Annual Conference. The annual conference is where the A.M.E. Church comes together to assess what has been accomplished during the previous year, set goals for the upcoming year, and renew its soul in the Holy Spirit of God.
The Schedule of Events for the 148th session of the Georgia Annual Conference, hosted by St. Philip A.M.E. Church, with Bishop Preston W. Williams II, A.M.E. Sixth Episcopal District bishop, presiding were as followed:
Tuesday, March 12: Opening Worship service, 10 a.m., St. James AME Church, 632 East Broad Street. Lay Organization evening service, 7 p.m., St. Philip AME Church, 1112 Jefferson St.
Wednesday, March 13: Noonday service, 12 p.m.; Sons of Allen evening service, 7 p.m., St. Philip AME Church, 1112 Jefferson St.
Thursday, March 14: Ordination Service, 12 p.m., St. Philip A.M.E. Church; Closing Commissioning Service, 7 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 4625 Waters Ave.