Future Synod meetings

Zoom into Synod!

Our summer Synods, and our Autumn one, will all be online this year, as the pandemic means we must all adhere to social distancing.

Zoom imageThe summer Synods are identical – choose the time that suits you. 

The theme is Overseas Partnerships and we will be joined by Revd Kevin Snyman, who will guide us through a presentation and small group chats about URC Mersey forming a partnership with a country overseas. 

  • Thursday 16 July 10.30am
  • Wednesday  22 July 7pm

Please contact Rita on synodclerk@urcmerseysynod.org.uk or 07838103310 with details of which event you would like to attend, and a Zoom link will be sent nearer the time.

October’s Synod date remains the same (Sat 17 Oct) but will also be online – more details in the coming months.

March Synod was cancelled, but see the Book of Reports and Resolutions here

October 2019 Synod Meeting 

Moderator Jacky (left) with Philip (centre) and John, congratulating both on 60 years of ministry.October Synod began with Jubilee Ministers, Philip Kennerley (Over URC, Winsford) and John Martin (Parkgate and Neston URC), each being congratulated and thanked as they were presented with certificates of appreciation for 60 years of ordained ministry.

Back in the day, John was an army and navy chaplain. With fewer ministers available these days he believes, "We need elders to be chosen for their pastoral abilities."

Philip had a hectic start to his ministry - he was married just three days after he became a minister! Reflecting on his ministry, he said, "I've enjoyed every minute of it!" 

Palestine and Israel Report

Along with resolutions and information, Paul Franklin reported back on his trip to Palestine and Israel - he is also available for talks at your church. Contact paul.franklin1958@gmail.com

Children and Youth Resource

Considering stories was one of the main themes to come out of the Synod meeting this October - not just Bible stories, but our own individual and church stories. One resource presented was the youth Pilots resource sack, which comes with fantastic session materials, as well as props. Get in touch with our Children and Youth Officer is you'd like to know more.

Refugee petition

There was also a call to respond to refugee cuts by signing a petition. "EU funding for the refugee council (and some other NGOs) will not be replaced by the government in the event of a no deal Brexit. This will drastically reduce the support that they are able to give to refugees." Sign a petition for funding to be replaced here https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-for-us/emergency-action-sign-the-letter/ 

Please see notes from the October Synod here

 Rita (left) and Jacky

 The discussion starts

Stuart leading Bible study 

Summer Synods

At our summer synods people met together and enjoyed a lovely buffet before getting down to the business at hand. Along with discussing elders, churches were asked to share good news. The Cross Lane United Church wrote that a lady of 91 has been introduced by an Ablement Team.  From being a recluse she is now - 18 months on - attending church four mornings a week and has said it has changed her life and is her second home!

See notes of the meetings here

See Jacky's powerpoint about elders here

Code of Conduct for Elders here 

 Summer Synod

 Group discussions

 Discussing together

 Lynne, Rita and Jacky from Synod staff