The Revd David Herbert was inducted as the new Moderator of Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church on Saturday 17th September, at a joyful service in St James’ United Reformed Church, Newcastle.
The service was attended by a large congregation some of whom had travelled the length and breadth of the country to celebrate and mark this special occasion. People from churches of the Northern Synod joined in worship and celebration along with colleagues, David’s family and friends, and Church and Faith leaders. Rev Steven Faber represented other Moderators and civic guests included the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear and the Sherriff of Newcastle.
The service was presided over by the Moderator-Elder of the General Assembly, Mr Alan Yates and music was provided by St James’ and the St George’s Ceilidh band during a service which reflected both the wider church and the heritage of the north.
Speaking about the challenges and opportunities of Christian ministry today, Revd Peter Rand encouraged the new Moderator and praised his gifts of creativity, gentle leadership and wisdom. These thoughts were echoed by Revd Dr Grant Wilson who described the General Assembly’s conviction in Revd Herbert’s appointment.
The new Moderator told the congregation of his excitement about the call, which he had not expected at first. He said he felt humbled by both the church’s confidence in him and the responsibility of the role.
Commenting on the service Mr Alan Yates noted the warmth of ecumenical and civic greetings from ecumenical and faith guests all of whom greeted David with comments upon the synod and the new Moderator’s commitment to ecumenical and inter-faith relations.
After the service, David met and chatted with guests over the customary tea and refreshments.