Synod last Saturday was a busy, productive meeting as they discussed a variety of projects that will help us remain a growing diocese.
Two critical issues
With presentations from Director of Learning and Stewardship Steve Pierce and Diocesan Secretary Mike Eastwood, Synod were able to discuss a couple of the critical issues we face – that of Ageing Money and Broken Buildings.
Mike led a discussion around a new framework for helping parishes assess the health and viability of our buildings. This works from a standpoint that overall we have too many church buildings in sub standard condition while recognising that everybody wants to keep a building that they love. It seeks to open up space for a creative discussion, backed by evidence not opinion and aims to help parishes gain an understanding of how their building supports mission.
Steve looked at a ten year window of challenge and opportunity. A time when we may be losing a generation which was taught to give to their local church. A time where we may be missing a million in lost income, a generation who don't have the same culture of giving, an opportunity in terms of legacy giving.
We will be interviewing both Steve and Mike over the next couple of weeks to gain their perspective on these big issues the church faces.
Virginia Youth Pilgrimage
Synod heard an excellent presentation from two young Christians - Emily Bell and Beth Collins - from Huyton Deanery. They talked about the piligrimage to our link diocese in Virginia and the impact that has made on their lives and faith. We will be looking at the pilgrimage and what they said to Synod in next week's Bulletin.
Overwhelming vote on Women Bishops' legislation
Synod voted overwhelmingly on amended proposals from General Synod. It will now be debated at General Synod in July. You can read the outcome of our vote here
Bishop Richard's Presidential Address
In what may be his last address to Synod before we have a new bishop, Bishop Richard examined whether we would remain in good heart for the new bishop, celebrating the fact we are a growing diocese but warning that we still face challenges ahead. You can read his address in full here.