Go Big or Go Home : Rev Graham Horsley

Rev Graham Horsley who is Methodist Connexional Fresh Expressions Missioner shared with us on the theme of Risk-taking Mission and Service. Below is an outline of his themes, thoughts and ideas. Graham shared a story from Yorkshire and the founding of Filey Primitive Methodist Church.  He shared how a man who went to try and plant a church there had …

Caring for those in Need

Synod heard testimony from a lady who shared some of her background of growing up in Newcastle in very difficult circumstances.  She shared about her struggles with drugs and her journey to freedom from addiction to finding God and finding her calling in caring for others.  This was first with a lady who had Huntington’s disease and now with teenage girls from difficult …

Intentional Faith Development : Autumn Representative Synod 2016

Autumn Synod met on the 10th September at Bede Academy in Blyth. The theme for the day was Intentional Faith Development which continues the theme from work of Robert Schnase on the five practices of fruitful congregations. Tricia Mitchell gave a report on the work of the Regional Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network and particularly the North-East One Opportunity. This …

Developing Together : Paul Wood from Methodist Connexion

‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They …

New Chaplains in the Newcastle Distirct

During Synod we heard from the two new chaplains in the district Kate who has just started work as a university chaplain and Christian who is part-time airport chaplain and also works with Sports Chaplaincy UK. Kate Laws is the Methodist Chaplain and started working in June 2016.  You can read more about her here. Christian is the Part-time Airport …

Small Group Stories from around the District

We heard from two of the districts ministers as they shared with Synod some other types of small groups they have been running. Alf Waite shared with us the story of how a small group that started in the local Starbucks progressed and developed.  This group also birthed another small group that meets in the local Weatherspoon’s that sort to …

Radical Hospitality : Spring Representative Synod 2016

Spring Synod met on the 9th April at Emmanuel College in Gateshead.  The theme for the day was radical hospitality which is a concept taken from the work of Robert Schnase on the five practices of fruitful congregations.  This theme was seen throughout the day from a warm welcome on arrival to fresh coffee and pastries available for all.  As Stephen Lindridge …