Synod Conference Information 2016



“Church on the Road” Information

Synod 2016 Info Pic 

October 21-22, 2016

A gathering of and for the Synod of South Western Ontario

At St Marys Presbyterian Church

St Marys, ON


“Church On The Road” Tentative Schedule

At St Marys Presbyterian Church, 147 Widder Street E., St Marys

October 21st 1pm – October 22nd 3pm


11am-1pm             Registration at St Marys: Light refreshments will be available at the time of registration.  Please see the “Nearby Facilities” for nearby restaurants for lunch. (Atrium)


1:00-1:15 PM        Worship Service led by Rev. Mark McLennan, Moderator of the Synod of Southwestern Ontario (Sanctuary)


1:15 – 2:15 PM     Constitution of the Court of Synod and First Sederunt:  All are welcome to attend this meeting.  Only clergy and representative elders are permitted to speak and vote. (Sanctuary)


2:15-2:45 PM         Refreshment break (Atrium)


2:45-3:45 PM         Second sederunt of the Synod of South Western Ontario (Sanctuary)

3:45-4:00 PM         Refreshment break (Atrium)


4:00-5:15 PM         Worship & Communion led by Rev. Mark McLennan, Moderator of Synod. (Sanctuary)    Please bring a pebble from your own community to share.


5:15-5:30 PM         Refreshment break (Atrium)


5:30-7:00 PM         Catered Dinner at St Marys Presbyterian Church (Lower hall)


7:00-8:30 PM         Inshallah Choir – Global songs of justice and peace.  A freewill offering will be taken for ACT –  Action for Churches Together (Sanctuary)


8:30-9:30 PM         Reception (Lower hall)




9:00-9:30 AM          Welcome and business of the Synod of South Western Ontario (Sanctuary)


9:30-10:30 AM        First Break Out Group (Exact rooms will be distributed upon registration)


10:30-11:00 AM      Refreshment break (Atrium)


11:00-12:00 PM      Second Break Out Group (Exact rooms will be distributed upon registration)


12:00 -1:00 PM       Catered Lunch (Lower hall)


1:00-2:00 PM            Third Break Out Group (Exact rooms will be distributed upon registration)


2:15-3:00 PM             Closing Worship (Sanctuary)



What does it cost?

Friday Only (includes dinner, snacks):   $20.00

Saturday Only (includes lunch, snacks):   $25.00

Friday and Saturday (includes dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday and snacks):  $45.00


I am from out of town.  Where can I stay?  

Accommodations are listed on the facilities page.

I have dietary issues/scheduling conflicts and would prefer to not join in the meals – is there a different rate? 

Yes.  The cost will be $20.00 for the two days.

I have food allergies/am gluten free/no dairy/vegetarian.  Can I request a special dietary meal for the dinner and lunch on Friday and Saturday?

Yes.   Please make sure your registration form indicates dietary needs.

What is the deadline for registration?  

October 1st, 2016.   Due to meal preparation and workshop planning, it is essential that participants register by this date.

Where do I send my registration form and cheque?  

Cathy Reid, New St James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St E, London ON N6A 1V4

Register online.

Who do I make my cheque payable to?

The Synod of South Western Ontario.

Why is this called “Synod in a New Way”? 

In the past, synod has been a meeting format that generally involves only clergy and representative elders.  In the past few years, many have felt that the meeting portion of a synod gathering could be shortened to allow for learning and community building.  This event is open to all – youth, young adults, church school teachers, elders, clergy, and interested members.  Everyone is welcome to attend the short meeting portions of the weekend – although our church polity dictates that only clergy and representative elders speak and vote.


Facilities Nearby St Marys Presbyterian Church


$ under $10, $$ under 20, $$$ under 30

$ Coffee Culture Café & Eatery   
5 Water Street S.       226-661-0255
Relaxing café serving lunch, beverages, and treats.

$ Sukie Lee’s  Friday lunch buffet $7.50
124 Queen Street E. 519-284-3292
Canadian and Chinese food.

$  Tim Horton’s
201 Queen Street E.
Coffee, donut and sandwich shop.

$ Towne & Country Cheese Shoppe
117 Queen Street E. 519-284-4508
Over 50 varieties of cheese, great for picnic lunches and take-out specials.
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$-$$ Damen’s Restaurant
17 Water Street S.    519-284-3424
Located in a historic building, family-style dining featuring daily buffet.
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$-$$ Little Red’s Pub & Eatery
Friday lunch special – Fish & Chips $10                     159 Queen Street E.   226-661-2233
Offers the casual charm of a local pub in a heritage setting, with a creative regional dining experience.
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$-$$ O’Leary’s Creamery Bar & Grill
120 Parkview Drive  519-284-1110
Casual and unpretentious riverside dining.

$$ Wildstone Bar & Grill at Stone Willow Inn
940 Queen Street E.  519-284-1777

$$$ Westover Inn
300 Thomas Street  519-284-2977
Award-winning regional cuisine in a beautiful setting.
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Stone Willow Inn:

Group Rate $120 includes continental breakfast

2 queen beds per room

940 Queen St. E., St. Marys
519.284.4140 / 1.800.409.3366
Email               Website


Westover Inn

Friday evening rate $150, no breakfast included

300 Thomas St., St. Marys
519.284.2977 / 1.800.268.8243
Email                    Website


Riverside Bed & Breakfast

3 rooms available, visit website

Averaging $100 includes breakfast

96 Robinson St., St. Marys
Email               Website


The Dusty Victorian Bed & Breakfast

$100 includes breakfast

137 Water St. N., St. Marys
Email               Website


HOSPITAL:     St Marys Hospital is located at 267 Queen Street W., St Marys