Kentucky Methodist churches prepare for annual gathering, service projects

More than 120 people from Lexington and surrounding counties will attend a state United Methodist conference in Covington starting Wednesday.

The Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church draws about 1,500 clergy and church members from about 800 churches across the state, communications director Cathy Bruce said. The conference covers much of the state.

A smaller portion of Kentucky is in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, which also had its annual meeting in Paducah this week. That conference concludes Wednesday.

The Kentucky conference meetings will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington from Wednesday to Saturday. The conference is divided into 12 districts, including Ashland, Lexington, Louisville and Prestonsburg.

On Friday, about 700 participants will perform service projects in the northern Kentucky area, including delivering canned goods to food pantries and repairing and cleaning the Ida Spence Mission.

A special worship service Friday night is open to the public, Bruce said.