District Synod

The Kingdom of God is like...

Saturday 11th May 2024 | York
District Gathering
We had a great day on Saturday with around 200 people coming together in York for The Kingdom of God is like… District Gathering & Synod.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the day: from the plentiful supply of cake, the thought-provoking and space-giving workshops, the fabulous stalls that were around the exhibition space and the wonderful worship!
Details of the day:

9.30am – arrival, tea & coffee, chat, and Interactive Exhibition area open to explore.
10.00am – Opening worship with music led by Burniston Band and introduction to our theme by Revd Leslie Newton
11:00am Synod Business
11.15am – Coffee Break
11:45am Workshop One
12:45am Lunch
1:30pm Workshop Two
2:30pm Final Worship
3:00pm Home!

The Kingdom of God is like… a place where our stories are heard, just as they are.
The Kingdom of God is like… waiting with God.
The Kingdom of God is like… joining in with Jesus’ revolution.
The Kingdom of God is like… yeast in the dough: Craftism.
The Kingdom of God is like… full inclusion for all disabilities and neurodiversity.
The Kingdom of God is like… helping refugees.
The Kingdom of God is like… a well-tended Garden.
The Kingdom of God is like… full bellies.
The Kingdom of God is like… taking time out to hang out with your mate Jesus (TakeTime meditation)


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" - September 2023

"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

"Relight our Fire" May 2022

"Lament, Laughter, Looking Forward" Sept 2021