Our District

Bear with us as we transition to a new district website. As of the 2022 Virginia Annual Conference, the Rappahannock River and York River Districts are merging into the Mission Rivers District. Information on this site is not fully current.

Welcome to the Rappahannock River District!  

We are 72 United Methodist congregations with one uniting vision.  Our congregations, ministry settings, and people are very diverse but our passion is to Make Disciples.  

We seek to Make Disciples through four entry points: Unity, Spiritual Formation, Empowering Our Laity, and through Mission ministry in our neighborhoods, throughout our Conference, and around the world.  We value lay and clergy as equal and effective partners in ministry.  

Most importantly, we invite you to connect with one of our congregations of ministries to grow deeper in faith and to transform the world for Jesus Christ. 

View a District Map

We are excited to announce that the Annual Conference Cans and Kits collection will continue this year! We are thankful for this opportunity of serving together. The collections will all take place before Conference. Lay Members will NOT take those items to Conference;

Cans, Local Food and Community Items: Your local church will specify dates and needed items for local ministries.

Kit Collection: The emphasis is on Cleaning and Hygiene kits this year. We will have 3 drop off sites across the district.

UMCOR Cleaning and Hygiene Kits Drop-Off Locations:

North Part of District
Trinity UMC, 9280 Old Dumfries Rd, Catlett
Collection: Saturday, June 11, 10 AM - 12 Noon; any day by
appointment (540-878-0244)

Central Part of District
Fredericksburg UMC, 308 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg
Collection: Kits and Diapers (Size 3 - 6) from June 1st thru 12th,
Monday - Friday 9:00 am-2:00 pm/Sundays 11:00 am-12:00 PM

South Part of District
McKendree UMC, 4347 Manfield Road, Manquin
Collection: June 11 from 10-Noon or contact Rev. Betty Jo
Sims: 804-839-2769; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Instructions to pack UMCOR Kits

Click here for UMCOR Cleaning Kit instruction
Click here for UMCOR Hygiene Kit instruction

For additional information, please visit these sites:


Thank you for supporting this ministry.

District Lay Leaders are:

 For contact information, please contact the District Office


Dave Berry          


Judy Craun 


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The District is occasionally contacted about website options for our local churches. Or churches contact us wondering if they even need a website now with the prevelance of socia media. Personally, I think every church needs a web presence but most can probably get by with a YouTube Channel, Facebook, and/or Twitter (or instagram, etc). A website offers the ability to post easily accessed worship/staff/beliefs info, photos, etc. You can provide this on Facebook but you have to be very intentional about organizing your Facebook Page in a user-friendly way and ensuring it's kept up to date and important info is easily located. Posting docs on social media is not an option unless you have another means to host those documents, as social media only allows posting of links to where the docs are hosted. You can host pdfs on FB but it's not optimum by a long shot and most likely will not function to your liking. If you can get by without needing to provide access to documents, need domain based emails, etc. you can probably deal with just social media accounts. 
If you are looking for a place to host your website, I highly recommend UMCOM's website service. Not only do they offer hosting but they also offer Wordpress-based websites that are very easy to utilize. Prices start at $5 a month for the basic plan up to $19 for the Gold plan. It provides emails as well. I've used UMCOM's website services multiple times in the past for numerous churches or ministries and was always happy with the results. They can walk you through porting your domain over to them, offer grants, and support videos, etc. 

Where We Are

Physical Address

8063 Ladysmith Road
Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 100
Ladysmith, VA 22501

Telephone: (804) 448-8326

Email the District Office

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