District Synod

General information about Representative Synod

Representative Synod (online): 24 April 2021

All videos from our Synod on 24th April 2021 can be found in this YouTube playlist here

We are very fortunate to have Deacon Eunice Attwood and Revd Dr Peter Phillips joining our synod. You can read some background to their ministry here

Catch up with the talks below. You can find copies of their slides here:
Deacon Eunice Attwood Slides
Revd Dr Peter Philips Slides

Papers to be considered by the synod can be found below.

Calling letter and agenda


Property report
District Advance Fund report
Treasurer’s report
Safeguarding report
Children’s and Youth Work report
District trusteeship proposal
York Circuit memorial
Bridlington Circuit memorial
Local Preachers’ Book of Remembrance
Learning Network newsletter

Applications to cease worship:
Appleton, Ryedale
Riccall, Goole and Selby
Borrowby, Thirsk and Northallerton
Maunby, Thirsk and Northallerton
Hull Central, Hull (Centre and West)
Trinity, York

Deferred Special Resolution
Briefing note
Circuit voting

Publicity from other organisations:
Fund for Human Need
JPIT response to immigration consultation

Extraordinary Representative Synod: 27 February 2021

An additional session of synod was held to consider the God in Love Unites Us resolutions. The report, along with supporting information, can be found here.

The resolutions voted on are here. Synod members voted in favour of all resolutions.

Representative Synod: September 12th 2020

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the planning and delivery of our Synod. It was especially encouraging that Synod:
a) agreed to seek Conference approval for a brand new, non-geographically defined Circuit to provide a District-wide ‘new place for new people.’ and
b) committed to becoming a Net Zero Carbon District by 2040, at least.

Technical info for how Synod worked can be found in this FAQ document here

All videos shown at Synod, along with notes and documents, can be found on this page:

Representative Synod: April 25th 2020

Dear Synod Members, We are writing to inform you that the Conference Office has agreed that all spring Representative Synods that have not yet been held should now not take place, due to the necessary restrictions in place. Of course, the main theme for these Synods would have been the resolutions contained in the God in Love Unites Us report. Although it is uncertain when we will begin to return to normality, it is important to be clear that the Methodist Church will ensure that there is proper opportunity for all the District Synods to confer and register their votes before any decisions are made by the Methodist Conference (whenever it turns out that the Conference next meets.) In the meantime, please be assured of our care and prayers for all of you, and all our churches and circuits in these challenging days.
Every blessing
Leslie Newton and Jackie Gaitley
District Chair and Synod Secretary

Facebook Live – Representative Synod

In addition to papers sent out to Synod members, Revd Leslie Newton, Chair of District, will offer a live video for Synod members (and anyone else who wishes to view) lasting about half an hour on Saturday 25th April at 10am. Catch up below, or on this page here


Transcript of Leslie’s message ‘Fly the Flag’ – click the link below to open/download the document
Facebook Live transcript 25th April 2020 by Leslie Newton (pdf)