Synod Autumn 2013

Saturday 14 September 2013 : 9.30am-3.30pm at Penrith Methodist Church

The Cumbria District Synod received a warm welcome and gracious hospitality from the Superintendent Revd David Milner, Revd Philip Jackson and members of the church and circuit who, with young people, led the opening worship, setting the day’s focus on the theme of ‘Hope’. The District Chair Revd Richard Teal, approved for a further five year appointment, welcomed new ministers and lay members of Synod.

Synod confirmed an additional Synod will meet in November to consider and vote on the way forward for the ‘Growing Together’ ecumenical Tripartite strategy for ministry, mission and buildings.

Reporting from conference, Revd Rachel Williams spoke of the affirmation and assurance of belonging that marked the experience of ordination; Revd Janet Preston affirmed the valuable contribution of young people in Conference and in the life of the church;  Martyn Evans introduced the Local Preachers’ course and Revd Phil Jackson outlined the new challenges and opportunities in the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network and consideration of the needs of the North West Region.

Financial and ecological matters included a commitment to explore the use of SKYPE. There were exciting and inspiring stories linked to the £500 grants scheme to support small church initiatives.

A resolution presented from Churches Together in Cumbria Environment Group challenged churches and congregations to make an active commitment to the Creation Challenge, Eco-Congregation and other similar initiatives as well as challenging MPs. The resolution had an overwhelming majority in favour.

Focus was given by Joan Tompkinson to the work of MHA, by Di Wallace to the work of Methodist Women in Britain and by Kevin Duffy to the opportunities to engage with Chaplaincy initiatives. 

Workshop sessions focussed on Domestic Violence, Lay Witness Movement, Local Pastoral Care, Joint Public Issues, Ministerial Ill Health and the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network

Roy Crowne, Director of ‘Hope’, and Jonny Gios led an inspiring session to help churches and members to be aware of ideas and resources to engage with the forthcoming Hope 2014 mission initiative.

Representatives to Conference 2014 are Martyn Evans, Irene McKay, Revds Kim Hurst and Les Hann. 

The following documents were emailed to all members of Synod with an email address and posted out to those not on email: 

 Preliminary letter

 Letter from Chair

 Letter from Synod Secretary

 Letter from Penrith Circuit

 Map of Penrith showing car parking


 Conference Digest 2013

 Nomination form Conference 2014

 Draft Accounts

 Property Report

 MHA Report


Irene McKay, Cumbria District Synod Secretary