Report from Synod. October 11th 2014.
The Synod meeting was held at Christchurch Ilkley. The stewards were very welcoming and the facilities were good. A bit far from the car parking provided but the weather was good and a walk wasn’t a hardship.
Worship in the morning was led by Rev Dr Michael Jagessar on a theme of multi- culturism. He was assisted by Tessa Robinson.
Assembly reports followed; one from our new Interim Moderator, John Rider. He was very pleased to have been present at Assembly as he felt it was good to see that we weren’t isolated churches but part of the URC as a whole. He explained about differences of opinion during the discussions particularly concerning the ‘same sex marriage’ debate. (This subject will be discussed in church meetings and a booklet will be available to aid the debate.) Synod will provide facilitators for meetings if requested. It was noted that this subject is more complicated for LEPs. (The Methodist Church is holding a consultation on this subject over the next two years.)
The Rev Ashley Evans (son of Audrey and Alan Evans) was introduced to the meeting as the new Synod Evangelist on a 50% scoping with the other 50% as minister for Bolton Villas Church in Bradford. His induction is Saturday the 18th October. It was also noted that Angela Lawson will be ordained and inducted into SPACE on 19th October, 3pm at Longcauseway Church.
There were reports from:
The Safeguarding group.
The Synod Mediation Service.
Flexible ministry in Leeds and Sheffield
The Moderator’s report.
Worship after lunch included a report from the Rev Leslie Morrison, Convenor of Finance and Property in the Synod of Scotland about affordable housing and Simon Loviett talking about 25 years as a Church Related Community Worker. Closing worship brought the day to an end with the theme being In Memoriam and Interfaith relations.
The Synod web site will provide more detail.
Yorkshire Synod website should be HERE