Thames North Synod is one of 13 Synods that make up the United Reformed Church. With the River Thames as the southern boundary, the 136 local churches of Thames North Synod serve communities in Greater London, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Essex. The purpose of the Synod is for our 140 local churches to work together to support each other’s mission and ministry. The main meetings of the Synod take place 2-3 times each year when Ministers and other local church representatives meet for worship and to plan our work together. In addition to this there are various committees that meet regularly to co-ordinate our work.
The Synod has a dedicated team of officers and staff. Some of our staff team are based in our Synod Office in Central London while others spend most of their time visiting and working with local churches. Information about each member of the team can be found in the ‘Who we are’ section of the website. Our website has a lot of information about what we’re doing. Whether you are a visitor here or already a United Reformed Church member, we hope you find what you are looking for. Please do get in contact with us if you think we might be able to help in any way.
Reappointment Review for Rev Dr Andrew Prasad, in his ministry as Moderator of Thames North Synod.
Dr Prasad’s initial seven-year period of tenure in this ministry runs to 30th September 2015. In accord therefore with the procedures of our Church, his ministry has been formally reviewed a year ahead of that date. A Synod Panel gathered opinion from around the churches and ministers of Thames North, received written material from Dr Prasad, and met him for a careful conversation about his ministry. The Panel then met on 19th June with the members of a Review Group acting for the General Assembly, and the Review Group also spoke at length with Dr Prasad on that day.
The outcome is that the Review Group recommends that Dr Prasad’s ministry as Moderator of Thames North Synod be extended for a further term of five years, from 1st October 2015 to 30th September 2020. This has been reported to the Assembly’s Nominations Committee, which will bring the matter forward to General Assembly next week.
The Review Group wishes to express its gratitude to those members of the Synod who contributed information and advice, to the Synod Panel who gathered this material and shared it thoughtfully with us, and particularly to Dr Prasad, for the service of these last six years and for his careful and constructive input to the review process. We look forward with confidence and hope to the prospect of his continuing ministry in this important position.
Geoffrey S Clarke, Convener of the Review Group
John Proctor, Clerk to the Review Group
25th June 2014