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On 10th September the North Kirklees & Morley Circuit again hosted the West Yorkshire District Synod, and the venue this time was Longcauseway Church.

Here is a summary of the meeting.

District Synod, September 2016

Meeting at Longcauseway ( LEP), Dewsbury, the West Yorkshire Synod was chaired by the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, Deputy Chair of District. Being otherwise occupied as President of Conference, Revd Dr Roger Walton sent greetings and ‘apologies’ on video.

Setting the scene in opening worship, Dr Glasson encouraged members to explore what it might mean to explore how justice and mercy affect the way we view the world and act in it to become a more authentic community of Christ (Singing the Faith 681).

Newcomers to Synod were welcomed, letters of greeting and encouragement sent and a memorial service commended Local Preachers who had died during the Connexional year.

Each given a wristband and a Holiness and Justice booklet, representatives addressed Synod business and Conference feedback with conversation and reflection in three parts grounded in Micah’s call to ‘do justice; love kindness; walk humbly’.

Focused on 3Generate, work with young people and children across the District continues to develop; Action for Children is taking a lead at Newhall Prison; Rev Dr Philip Bee announced that plans are in hand for the launch of a Joint Public Issues Team (Yorkshire) as part of the Vice President’s visit to the District in March 2017; communication through better use of social media and technology is to be explored; Rev Nick Blundell, Mission Enabling Officer, promoted the ‘Story of Light’ initiative to produce imaginative ways for local churches and circuits to celebrate the story of how the light of the gospel shines in their settings; Jean Delaney, District MWiB President, introduced her project of supporting music therapy with MHA residents; Peer Talk is a new project seeking to support those living with depression.

Although based in Bradford but often reaching further afield in the Connexion, Synod heard that Touchstone, a District Project working at living in and building faith relationships in diverse communities, is even more relevant in the current political and social climate. Plans for a move to new premises will bring new opportunities to develop this work.

After robust discussion Synod voted on 4 recommendations regarding the Re-Shaping of Yorkshire, which were also the business of York and Hull, Leeds and Sheffield Synods.

In closing worship the District Spirituality Group gave the reassurance that the power of God’s love will change and renew (Singing the Faith 471).