Pastoral Committee

Caring for the people of God

Synod Pastoral Committee

Convener: Rev Jason McCullagh
Minutes Secretary: Ms Katherine Buckland
Ministries Committee Convener: Mrs Kath Lonsdale

Synod Pastoral Elders:

Aire Valley: Vacant
Bradford + Saltaire URC: Mr John Rider

Central Area:
Harrogate Mission & Care Group Churches: Mrs Gill Chapman
Leeds Mission & Care Group Churches: Mrs Sheana Dudley
SPACE Group Churches: Mr John Rider
Castleford, Flanshaw & Knottingley: Rev Jenny Morgan

Eastern Area: Vacant

Western Area:
Huddersfield and Calderdale: Rev Justine Wyatt

Southern Area:
Sheffield Churches: Mr Trevor Orr
Don & Dearne Churches: Vacant

Ecumenical Sub-Committee:

Aire Valley/Bradford:  Vacant
Central:   Mrs Terasa Raddings
East:   Rev David Coote
South:   Mr Rod Morrison
West: Cald/Hudd:  Vacant

Retired Minister Links:

Aire Valley/Bradford:  Mrs Valerie Jenkins 
Central:  Rev Helga Cornell 
East:   Mrs Jane-Anne Frame 
South:   Vacant 
West: Revd. John Jenkinson

Committee aims

  • To implement the Synod Deployment Policy
  • To offer pastoral support for churches and chaplaincies
  • To advise and assist in matters relating to establishing, grouping, amalgamation or dissolution of local churches both within the United Reformed Church and with other denominations liaising with other synod committees as necessary.

Range of Activity

  • The detailed arrangements relating to vacancies and calls, such as: Appointing Interim Moderators, Grouping and Scoping of Pastorates, Declaration of vacancies, concurrence with calls, arrangements for services of ordination and induction, attendance at staffing consultative groups.
  • Maintaining effective working relationships with Ecumenical partners
  • Meeting regularly with the Synod’s Ecumenical Officers for proper networking, support and encouragement.
  • The working out of the implementation of the Deployment Policy
  • Supporting the work of Mission and Care Groups in their pastoral care for the churches in the group.

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