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.
‘Making it work’ Synod Roadshows 2015
The Synod Programme Staff team will be on the road throughout 2015 taking part in a series of roadshows helping exploring how to ‘Make it work’ in our local churches. Our Training and events page has all the information you need to find your local roadshow and book a place (or two or three!).
New ‘York Courses’ announced
The two new courses are ‘Jesus: the voice that makes us turn’ and ‘Praise Him – Songs of praise in the New Testament’. Both comprise a course booklet, CD and transcript and are suitable both for discussion groups and individual reflection.
JESUS: the voice that makes us turn has 4 sessions, which makes it ideal for the 4 weeks of Advent – although it can be used at any time of year. Written by Bishop David Wilbourne, the CD includes contributions from churchgoers of different denominations.
PRAISE HIM – songs of praise in the New Testament is our more familiar 5-session course, which most groups will follow at Lent (although it’s not Lent-specific). The course booklet is written by Dr Paula Gooder and the contributors on the CD are:
- the Archbishop of Canterbury;
- Sr Wendy Beckett (the ‘art’ nun);
- David Suchet (aka ‘Poirot’); and
- Moira Sleight, Editor of the Methodist Recorder, who provides the thoughtful closing reflections at the end of each session.
Exploring The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg – An experiential event at Launde Abbey, Leicestershire, 20th – 22nd January 2015.
The “event” will be a group experience, with time for prayer and work in large and small groups, seeking to explore how we react spiritually, emotionally and intellectually to The Heart of Christianity. It draws on the heritage of Christian retreats and on group relations conferences, which are ways of exploring what is happening in groups of people. Bringing these two together is a way of being open to where we are encountering God. We will explore our reactions to The Heart of Christianity, as we experience our reactions to it, to each other and to God encountered in our midst. Information about Launde Abbey, including booking form, from www.laundeabbey.org.uk and additional information can be downloaded here: Exploring the heart of Christianity