Autumn Synod 2013

The Autumn Synod of the West Yorkshire District was held at Central Methodist Church Brighouse in café style which gave an air of informality and encouraged more conferring and participation in the business of the Synod.

Revd Albert Jewell, former Pastoral Director of Methodist Homes, led Opening Worship in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of this flagship Methodist organisation and he also led a major session on “Responding to an Ageing Population and Dementia”.
There was the usual autumn business of appointments, electing Conference representatives for 2014, Policy Committee reports and we were delighted to welcome staff new to the District.

Matters from Conference 2013 were reported in “Pop Up” slots by those who had represented the District in Plymouth and the captions introducing each slot were particularly well received.

There was a request that the Spring Synod takes some time to talk about same sex marriage with the possibility of feeding into the work of the Conference working party.

An interactive music workshop opened the afternoon session with songs and conversations offered by Rod and Vivi Boucher.

Mr Michael Noble, the Regional Co-ordinator for Yorkshire Plus engaged with the Synod, asking them to discuss round their tables what difference they would like the DML Network to make in their churches and circuits.

There was an update on the current situation at Touchstone and much support for the ongoing work.

Mr Jez Hackett, the newly appointed District Youth & Children’s Work
Co-ordinator, spoke to the Synod about the formation of a West Yorkshire Youth Network and the hope that a Youth Synod will run in parallel with the Spring Synod next May. He challenged circuits to take between 4 and 10 representatives aged 11 – 21 to the Youth Synod.

A selection of photographs taken at the Autumn Synod is available here.