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Autumn Synod - Radical Hospitality

Date: 15th September 2018
Time: 10am - 3pm
Venue: Riverside, Derby, DE24 8HY
Theme: Radical Hospitality

It’s good to be back among you as Chair from my Presidential travels and it’s my privilege to invite you to join us at our Autumn Synod, when we share in worship, fellowship, business and learning together.  Our Synod theme is ‘Radical hospitality', when we continue our look at, and develop in our context, the work of Bishop Robert Schnase “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”.

Download Synod papers and MHA Autumn Synod Report

Notes from the Secretary:

Election for Conference representatives

Could I encourage you to consider standing for election for Conference?  In summer 2019 Conference will be meeting in Birmingham.  We have three places that can be filled by either Presbyters or Deacons, and five places to be filled by lay people.  The nomination form is in the following pages.  Please get it back to me as soon as you can if you would like to stand.  Please pass it on to anyone else in your circuits who may wish to stand.  Those elected do not have to be members of Synod, but will become members of Synod if elected.


Attendance at Synod

Presbyters and Deacons asking for a dispensation should contact the Chair Revd Loraine Mellor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Apologies for absence from lay people should be sent to me please.  People who are not Synod members but who are interested in the theme of the day are very welcome to attend.  However, only Synod members can vote on Synod business. 


A loop system is available at Riverside, but users need to wear a pendant around their necks.  Please let me know if you would like to use this.  Also, please let me know if you would like large print copies of these papers.

Projecting and printing

If anyone speaking to Synod has material that they would like projecting, could they please send this to Carole Thorpe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, but no later than the Tuesday before the Synod.  Information for the Synod notice sheet may be sent to Caroline Green on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Sat 8th.

Synod Directories

Directories will be available in the circuit boxes. Please ensure that named copies for those not at Synod are distributed.  Any amendments should be notified to Luke Mellor in the District Office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A list of corrections will be emailed out around the end of September.  Because of the new Data Protection regulations, we do need to stress that the Directory is an internal church document, for the use of District and Circuit officers.  We cannot therefore give extra copies except to named individuals who need it.  Please do not leave the Directory lying around in, say, church vestries.  And please either shred or burn old copies or return them to us to dispose of.

Finally, if anyone who is coming to Synod is trained in first aid, might they be prepared to be our nominated first aider for the day?  Please get in touch with me if you can help.

Rev Jenny Dyer

Synod Secretary

01332 346715

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Diary Dates

Future Representative Synods:  30 March 2019, 21 Sept 2019 and 25 April 2020 at Riverside Derby

Presbyteral Synod:  Thursday 19 March 2019 at Sinfin Moor Ecumenical Church Derby


Agenda for the Representative Session of the Nottingham & Derby Synod: 15th September 2018

Theme:  Radical Hospitality

Timings may change but it is hoped that lunch will be at 12.30 and that Synod will close at 3.30.

10.00   Welcome/housekeeping arrangements

10.05   Opening Worship, led by Revd Ian Worrall and band from Harrowby Lane, Grantham

10.35   Synod business


Appointment of scrutineers

Adoption of appointments listed in the Synod Directory

Voting for representatives to Conference (nomination form below)

Appointment of Synod-elected representatives to Synod (please give details of any nominations to the Secretary)

10.45   Keynote Speaker  Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, Superintendent Minister, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

11.45   Rest break

11.55   Freedom Community Project  C.E.O. Mark North and Revd John Yarrien

12.25   Lunch and Market Place.  There will be a retiring collection for the Methodist Ministers’ Children’s Relief Association

13.30   Hymn

13.35   Synod business

Results of election for representatives to Conference

Ministers under stress (Revd Dr Robert Foster)

ChristChurch LEP Grantham – new constitution (Revd Richard Tanner)

Stationing update (Chair)

Learning Network (Nigel Pimlott)

13.55   Methodist Homes  75th anniversary – video

14.00   National Weekend of Invitation  Michael Harvey

14.30   Feedback from Conference 2018

Reflections from a first-timer (Judith Neal)

Marriage and Relationships (Deacon Jenny Jones and Revd Andy Chislett-McDonald)

3Generate (Jasmine Roberts and Liberty Dane)

Scriptural Reasoning (Tracy Shaw)

Our Calling (Revd Dr Moira Biggins)

Hospitality tent (Michele Simms and Revd Chris Briggs)

15.15   Closing Worship

15.30   Close


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