Autumn Synod 2010

The theme of ‘discipleship’ continues to weave through meetings within the West Yorkshire District. As Synod gathered on the first Saturday in September, meeting at Christchurch united Methodist/URC Church in Ilkley, threads of discipleship were apparent throughout the day. After a welcome from Brian Mann, Chair of the Civic Council, opening worship was led by the Rev’d Dr Barbara Glasson, Touchstone project team leader, reminding us that we are all fools for God.

Following the election of representatives to Conference, the Synod welcomed Mrs Hilary Browne, a Quaker, and member of EAPPI. Following an informative and impassioned presentation, Synod spent a significant part of the morning in small group discussion and reflection on the Kairos document and the situation in Israel and Palestine.

The morning session concluded with the annual Memorial Service for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders. This was led by Mr Chris Robinson, District Local Preacher Tutor, and the Chair of District, the Rev’d Peter Whittaker.
Throughout the afternoon, threads of discipleship were woven into conversations in a variety of ways: a video recording of Rev’d Paul Flowers in conversation about Conference’s decision concerning Wesley College, Bristol; Miss Enid McKelvie shared news of Methodist Women in Britain; a live feed enabled up-to-date news on the District’s website and its interaction through ‘Facebook’; three presbyters enlightened representatives on the change of landscape offered through sabbaticals – travel, sewing, painting, music, and juggling! Synod was also treated to a humorous introduction to the new half-time MEO: ‘Mountainous Elevation Operative’, aka Rev’d Steph Jenner, Mission Enabling Officer. The introduction centred around a trig point, reminding us that all expeditions need trig points so that they can map their way forward.

Our time of Christian conferring concluded with a round-up of District Policy committee matters and Conference items, the Chair of District closing the gathering with a prayer for all faiths.

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