District Synod

General information about Representative Synod

Representative Synod: September 12th 2020

Synod will meet virtually on the morning of 12 September, so members will need to be able to see a screen (PC, laptop, tablet, phone) in order to take part. If you are a synod member and this will be difficult for you, please contact your superintendent minister and arrangements will be made for you to access the meeting. Detailed information on how synod will work will be available in due course. Synod papers can be accessed on the district website as they become available and can be posted on request.

District Representatives to Methodist Conference

At Synod on 12 September, we will be electing 4 people  – 2 lay and 2 ordained – to join the existing Conference representatives in attending the Methodist Conference in June/July 2021. All expenses involved in attending are met. Any Methodist member can be a representative, but the nomination must be signed by two synod members. If you would be interested to know more, or would like to nominate someone, please contact the District Office for further information and/or a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is 11 August.

Synod-Elected Members of Synod

Each year we reserve two places at synod for those who believe they have particular skills or expertise that would be valuable to the meeting and who do not wish to attend as circuit representatives. If you would like to be considered for one of these places, please contact the District Office.

Synod Papers – Representative Synod: 12 September 2020

Proposed Synod Secretary, Reasoned Statement

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

Representative Synod Live Video

It is not possible for the Synod to physically meet together this Spring. However, in addition to papers sent out to Synod members, Leslie will offer a live video for Synod members (and anyone else who wishes to view) lasting about half an hour.

Posted by Leslie Newton on Saturday, 25 April 2020

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)

Synod Papers – Representative Synod: April 25th 2020

Manse report

MHA report

Learning Network report

Property report

Treasurer’s report

Youth report

District accounts

Presbyteral synod minutes