District Synod

Representative Synod is an exciting church event that takes place in autumn and spring each year. In addition to discussing formal business, Synod is an opportunity for us to gather as a district to worship, learn and share stories. It’s a place for conferring, conversation, talks, and workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend, and it is open to any visitors – come along to hear inspiring speakers, be challenged with focused workshops, and connect with others from all around the district in sharing experiences, challenges, and discussions.

Details of Representative Synod are usually posted about a month in advance on this page, sent directly to Synod members, and also publicised on our Social Media Accounts and District Newsletter. See the sections below for details of reports and other information that is available in advance.

General information about Representative Synod (formal details – downloadable word doc)

Many Parts, One Body

Representative Synod Saturday 9th September 2023

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Representative Session of the Yorkshire North and East District Synod on Saturday 9th September.

Calling Letter
District Directory

District Directory (no contact information)

Conference 2023
Synod Recording

The post-coffee session of Synod can be viewed in full here:

The recording contains contributions about:

– Local Lay Pastors (Heather Shipman, + 3 Lay Pastors sharing)
– Online Church (Elliot Crippen – Digital Enabler)
– Dual Transformation (Leslie Newton, with Ruth Gilson-Webb and Andy Lindley)
– Congregational Singing research (Naomi Prince)

The theme was “Many parts, one body” as we celebrated and reflected upon various parts of the diverse ministry and mission within the District and the wider Connexion.

This Synod was hybrid: at Acomb Methodist Church, York, and on Zoom.

The Synod began at 9.30am and concluded at 12.30pm.

Resources from Synod

Just some of the content shared during the day

A Justice Seeking Church

Find the full video shown at Synod and further resources on this page of the Methodist Website:

Online Ministry / Online Church

New digital resources for online ministry: pre-made social media graphics and photos to download from Elliot, District Digital Enabler

“Don’t wake the baby!” is a new podcast for non-christian parents (a district digital NPNP, in partnership with The Kairos Movement) – find out how your church can make use of this resource:

Local Lay Pastors
Musical practice of congregational singing - study

Find out more about the research being conducted by Naomi Prince, our District Admin, as she continues looking at the relationship between congregational singing and evangelism.

Methodist Church Christmas Campaign

Link to resources from the Connexion:

Past Synods

"God's Future Stories" - May 2023


  • Justice and Inclusion with Alister McClure
  • Intergenerational Church with Amy Shepherd
  • Discipleship: Methodist Way of Life with Rev Rory Dalgliesh
  • Digital Ministry with Elliot Crippen
  • New Places for New People with David Perry
  • Church at the Margins with Liane Kensett
  • Creative Prayer with Lydia Harrison
  • Net Zero with Adele Borrowman and Tim O’Brien

"Being Salt and Light: time for action" - September 2022

Virtual Marketplace

This has been specially created to enhance the online experience of doing Synod on Zoom. The interactive marketplace is a place to discover resources, useful info, links to networking opportunities, updates from district projects, and prayer spaces.

"Relight our Fire" May 2022

"Lament, Laughter, Looking Forward" Sept 2021

"Beyond these Walls" April 2021

"Inclusive, growing, greener church" Sept 2020