Thank you, to all those responsible for returning reports to me in good time for me to circulate these in advance of the proposed Synod Meetings.
Thank you, to those who have made a return indicating the intention of their congregations to be represented ‘virtually’ at the proposed ZOOM meetings on the 8th and 9th June.
The decision to hold this years Remonstrant Synod and General Synod by ZOOM (which would have been in line with several other larger denominations) was made by the General Purposes Committee after much discussion and heart searching, recognising the difficulties this might cause some congregations but feeling that the benefits outweighed the disadvantages.
As Revd. Roger McKee said to me “One of the delights of Synod is catching up with old friends and the banter and craic that produces . It’s these relationships that our denomination thrives on and enrich our lives and our walk with the Lord.”
However, due to several communications recently from Ministers and Congregations, mainly those not represented on GPC, outlining their concerns about Zoom Meetings at this time, and the non return of nomination forms from a number of our Churches, the Moderators and Clerks of the Remonstrant Synod and General Synod have decided, regretfully and reluctantly, to defer this years Synod Meetings to a later date.
We are unhappy that this has occurred on two successive years and recognise that many churches and members will be disappointed to learn of this postponement.
We need to engage with and support one another as best we can. We need to feel we are not alone especially in these difficult times, but we trust that it will be possible to meet ‘in person’ at the earliest opportunity when we are completely out of lockdown.
To give us some thoughts as to how we might proceed in future we are holding the Wednesday morning 9th June slot open so that those who may be able, can meet together, and share ideas on an informal basis.
You are also encouraged to bring to our attention either by email, post, phone or at our open meeting on Wednesday morning, your thoughts, successes and disappointments on any matter, including the future situation should there be other lockdowns.
It is with great sadness that we learn about the sad death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Palace said in a statement: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh."
The congregations of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland join together at this very sad time in prayer and reflection and send our deepest sympathies to HM The Queen and the Royal Family.
MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip. He was a wonderful Consort and husband to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, and loving father and grandfather to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Amongst his many achievements is the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which is a great incentive to many young people and has worked closely with Gaisce – The Irish President's Award. Participation in both projects have helped young people progress beyond their own expectations of themselves.
As Moderator I wish to express our deepest condolence to Her Majesty and The Royal Family on behalf of The Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.