Spring Synod 2013

The Spring Synod of the West Yorkshire District met in Central Methodist Church, Batley in the North Kirklees and Morley circuit. The theme for the day was Poverty and Welfare Reform.

The Synod was chaired by the Deputy Chair of District, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson as the Chair of District, Revd Dr Roger Walton is currently on sabbatical.

Mrs Linda Crossley, Vice President of Methodist Women in Britain spoke about her recent visit to India and Mrs Anne Vautrey made a presentation on the work of the World Methodist Council.
The main speaker of the day was the Right Reverend John Packer, Bishop of Ripon & Leeds who spoke to the Synod about welfare reform and poverty.

At lunchtime the Calderdale circuit’s double decker bus was in the layby outside the church so that Synod members could hop on board and see what is being provided. The bus is a resource to enable churches to get alongside their local communities and to build relationships. The ultimate aim of the circuit is to have church on Busoasis and then possibly plant new congregations in areas.
A new WYS Book “Seeing and Praying” was launched. This book subtitled “Prayers that arise out of our encounters with everyday objects” can be used for personal prayer or as an aid to opening discussions in house groups. Priced at £2.50 per copy plus current postage it is available from WYS Books, 19 Wentworth Court, Brighouse HD6 3XD.

Synod also said farewell to its Synod Secretary of the last five years, the Revd Jacky Hale who is moving from Superintendency of the Airedale circuit this summer to become Superintendent of the Ryedale circuit in the York & Hull District. She was presented with an oil painting by Maurice Bishop from his Rainbow Tree Gallery, a Jonathon Hemingray wooden sculpture “Road to Cross” and a bouquet of flowers.
A selection of photographs taken at the Spring Synod is available here.