Synod Report for 23rd April 2016
Synod Report for 24th April 2015
Darlington District met at St Francis Xavier School, Richmond for its Spring Synod. The key note address for the morning session was given by Rev Joanne Thorns, recently appointed as the Regional Officer for North East Churches Acting Together. As well as explaining a little about her appointment she encouraged Synod to think about the engagement of churches in their communities; how and why we should be taking an active part in the world outside out church doors, bringing some encouraging examples of work being done across the Darlington and Newcastle Districts which she covers.
Looking to our farther flung neighbours we heard of the planned trip by young people from the Darlington and Stokesley circuits to Kampala where they will be working alongside a local church there. The District treasurer had news of how much money had been raised to send to our sister District, the Miathene Synod in Kenya in response to recent weather-related problems there.
The afternoon session revolved around a choice of 3 workshops. The community engagement theme was developed further by Phil Jump from the Joint Public Interests Team. The other options were a workshop on Pioneer Ministries led by Tricia Mitchell and ‘Living with Contradictory Convictions’ with Alison Wilkinson at the helm. There was lively discussion at them all and the themes will be seen again in Synod and other events across the District.
The District is also delighted to have 2 Deacons going to ordination this year; Annette Sharp and Joy Sykes but we also bid farewell to a number of presbyteral colleagues who are moving on to new circuits. We look forward, however, to our Autumn synod when new colleagues will be welcomed.