The 2015 Synod Cymru meeting was held in Bathafarn Chapel, Rhuthun, on Saturday 25th April. Members were warmly welcomed by Mrs Elizabeth Jones, Bathafarn Area Leader, and a team of faithful members from the Area. Elizabeth led the opening devotions on the theme of ‘love’.
Following confirmation of our representatives to the Methodist Conference this year and the appointment of those for 2016, the Synod agreed to continue with the process of “Developing Our Calling”, which began with the decision of the Synod last year. In light of the good work that has begun under the theme of “Learning and Caring” this year, the theme for 2015-16 will be “Worship”.
Next, reports from various areas of the Synod’s life were received, including the ecumenical, Policy and Finance, Trustees, safeguarding, property, Action For Children and Methodist Homes, mission, Methodist Women in Britain and Gwyliedydd reports. However, the highpoint of the morning was a presentation by Megan Thomas, this year’s Youth President of the Methodist Church. Originally from Ceri in Powys, Megan told the Synod a little about herself and her love for God, the Methodist Church and youth work. She showed a film about “3Generate”, the connexional youth event, and spoke of her hopes and vision for children and young people, especially for those who are perhaps on their own in their chapels, as she was in her early days. Megan’s presentation was full of energy and fun, and an inspiration to all who were listening.
In the afternoon, following a tasty lunch prepared by ladies from Bathafarn Area, an open meeting was held with Dr Daleep Mukarji, past Vice-President of the Methodist Conference and former director of Christian Aid. Originally from India, Dr Mukarji drew on his wide experience of cultural and linguistic diversity to speak about “Synod Cymru – Mission and Future”. His address was a challenge to us to respect our differences, to share with each other and to take risks for the sake of our faith. Once again, his talk was an inspiration to those who were present.
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the day. The date of the next synod is 23rd April 2016, in Aberystwyth.