Autumn Synod 2015 Inspires the Church

The Autumn Synod of the Cornwall Methodist District met on Saturday 5th September 2015. Rev Danny Reed was in the chair, standing in for the District Chair, Steven Wild, whilst he is the President of the Methodist Conference this year.

  • Inspiring and thoughtful worship reminded us of our place in the worldwide Christian community as we heard about the work of Mission Partners in El Salvador.
  • Those new to the District were given a warm welcome, and we were also mindful of those in particular pastoral need. Both these groups were upheld in our prayers.
  • Helen Gardner, whose work as Families Worker in the Liskeard and Looe Circuit is supported by a District Advance Fund grant, gave an encouraging video presentation which highlighted how her work makes meaningful links into the community, beyond the Church’s walls.
  • Matt Gluyas, from Stithians, gave a great insight into the development work of All We Can (the new name of Methodist Relief and Development Fund), as he reported on a trip looking at how AWC has worked with partners in the Philippines in the wake of the worlds most devastating typhoon.

There was no shortage of hospitality at Truro Methodist as we broke for coffee mid morning. They also provided coffee and tea, both before we started and at lunchtime – for which our grateful thanks!

  • After coffee we had an inspirational presentation about the partnership development work that is PioneerConnexion. This included a moving video presentation about the reversal of decline in a Methodist/URC Church in Dartmouth.
  • After lunch Dr Elizabeth Burrows gave a great insight into the Methodist Conference as she reported highlights of Conference this year, reminding us of the importance of playing our part in the wider Methodist Church.
  • Our final focus was on the work of the South West Region of the Learning Network. As well as highlighting the many initiatives that Circuits and Churches can benefit from through the support of the Learning Network, we also spent time in discussion, around tables, about the way in which the Church could best be envisioned to present ourselves as relevant – especially in response to those things listed as the top 10 reasons why people don’t go to church
  • Closing worship included remembering those who are refugees as we said The Grace together; a moving end to an inspiring day.