Synod meets as a body twice a year, in the spring and the autumn. The United Reformed Church is usually described as conciliar in its governance, and synod is the council that lies between General Assembly and the local church. It is made up of ministers and lay representatives (usually elders) from each congregation.
This section of the website includes a description of the most recent synod meetings, and the latest edition of Around the Synod which gives information on current activities.
We hope the synod blog will provide a forum for a variety of views from members and friends of our synod churches. If you want to start a new topic, just forward your material to the synod office.
The reports section includes material from regional organisations beyond the URC where we are represented as a synod, while the pages on Holy Island, Crookham and Keld are concerned with projects which are closely linked with our churches. We hope soon to add information about the Grindon Project in Sunderland.
While a number of our churches have a variety of overseas links, including some through the Council for World Mission, and many through Commitment for Life, as a synod we have a long-standing partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Mozambique. The Mozambique page provides background material and an update on partnership activity.