Welcome to our Synod website!
The Synod of Québec and Eastern Ontario is one of 8 synods within the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It consists of five presbyteries: Quebec, Montreal, Seaway-Glengarry, Ottawa and Lanark-Renfrew.
The geographical bounds of the Synod stretch from the Gaspésie in the east (Leggatt's Point) along the St. Lawrence Seaway to Lansdowne in the southwest, and north up the Ottawa Valley to Deep River.
Included in the synod are two camps, Gracefield in West Quebec (managed by the Presbytery of Ottawa) and Camp d'Action Biblique in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (managed by the Presbytery of Quebec).
The Synod normally meets once a year, usually in October, to do its business and meet for fellowship. Every third year the synod meets as a conference. The synod has a small committee system and a "Synod Council" to manage
its business between synods and bring the appropriate business to the synod when it meets. The synod currently meets as a "commissioned court" with each presbytery sending representatives to the once-a-year meeting - one minister
commissioner and one elder commissioner for every four ministers in each presbytery.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is governed by a system of church courts. Most of the important decisions that affect the church are made as women and men prayerfully meet to
discern the mind of Christ. From lower to higher, these are the four courts:
- Congregation - the Session: Sessions are made up of elders and ministers. Elders are women and men who have been elected by the local congregation and ordained. The session provides for the overall ministry of the
congregation, including pastoral care, worship, Christian education, stewardship, and mission.
- Local - the Presbytery: Presbyteries are made up of ministers and elders from each congregation within its bounds - one elder for each minister on the constituent roll (i.e. in the presbytery). Retired ministers and
ministers without a congregation are placed on the appendix to the constituent roll. Presbyteries support and oversee their congregations and ministers, and meet several times through the year.
- Regional - the Synod: Synods are made up of ministers and elders from each presbytery within its bounds. They rule on regional issues and are the court of next resort that presbyteries may refer matters to.
- National - the General Assembly: The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of our church. It meets annually around the first week in June. An equal number of ministers and elders are commissioned
by presbyteries to attend. It receives, discusses, and makes decisions on issues brought forward, as well as voting on matters of theology and polity that affect the whole denomination.
Map of synod
The synod website now includes maps by presbytery (at the bottom of each presbytery page), plus one for the entire synod (below). The maps show the location of each church and mission work in the various presbyteries, the two camps
in the synod and one church that is an Ecumenical Shared Ministry. Please note that the church addresses shown on each presbytery page often are the mailing address of the church, and don't necessarily correspond with the church's
actual location. Also, while Google maps is a wonderful tool, in some instances the marker generated when a street address is entered does not reflect the precise location of the church. Care has been taken to find the actual street
location, and the pins should mark the exact location of the church building. If there are any inaccuracies please notify the synod webservant.
June 1/16: Welcome to the new Ministry Animator
for the Presbyteries of Ottawa
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Gaver!
You are invited to visit
to "meet" Cheryl.