Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District Synods 



Saturday 17 September 2022
The Barnabas Centre, St James Church, Church Lane, Thorley, Bishop's Stortford, Herts, CM23 4BE

Wednesday 15 March 2023
Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church, 34B South Street, Bishop's Stortford, Herts, CM23 3AZ


Saturday 22 April 2023
The Square Methodist Church, Ashton Square, Dunstable, Beds, LU6 3SN


The Synod Secretary is Lynne Ling 

Except as provided by Standing Orders 355(3), 791(5) and 806(6) every Presbyter, Deacon and Probationer, unless excused by dispensation of the District Chair, is required to attend the Synod of which he/she is a member and to remain throughout all its sessions.  The Chair shall report to the Synod all dispensations for its approval (SO 741). 

Circuit Stewards, Treasurers and Representatives who are unable to attend the Synod are asked to pass the Directory and the Agenda, and all other Synod papers, to the duly elected substitute.  (Spare copies are not available.)

The travelling expenses of the Ministerial and Lay Representatives shall be paid by their Circuit, if they so desire it. Travelling expenses for Supernumerary Ministers to Synod will be paid by the Synod Secretary from the District Expenses Fund. 

Synod procedures and rules of debate are set out in SO 413. Notices of Motion must be submitted in writing to the Chair and Secretary at least fourteen days before the date of Synod. Only on matters of urgency and by express permission of the Synod may notices of motion be submitted during a session of the Synod.  (SO413(4)) 

All members of Synod should, when necessary, provide their own packed lunch; the host Circuit will provide drinks.
A Collection for the Methodist Ministers’ Children’s Relief Association will be taken at each Spring Synod.
Superintendents should send a copy of their Circuit Plan and Directory every quarter to the Chair and at least once a year to the Synod Secretary. 

Circuit Property and Finance Schedules must be considered at the Circuit Meeting.  Property forms should be forwarded to the District Property Secretary and the Standard Form of Accounts should be sent to the District Treasurer, no later than the 31st January.

Circuit Stewards are reminded that they are responsible for the reimbursement of Ministers’ official expenses on stationery, postage, and telephone in full. 

Please consult the Synod Secretary in advance regarding any items for distribution to the members of Synod.