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Children, Covenant and Celebration

by Michael Ford last modified 23 Apr, 2012 09:51 AM

Over 100 church representatives and clergy from across Wiltshire and Dorset will meet for Diocesan Synod on Saturday 5 November at Market Lavington Community Hall (10am-3.30pm). This will be the first Synod presided over by the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam.

Children, Covenant and Celebration

Diocesan Synod at Market Lavington Community Hall

The first of three key areas being discussed will be that of a comprehensive strategy for engaging, inspiring and equipping the people of the Diocese to provide opportunities for children and young people in our communities share in God’s love and to come to and grow their Christian faith.

The Revd Canon Duncan Green, Head of Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services for the 2012 Olympic Games, will lead a session on ways for parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset to get involved in the celebrations. There will be a report from Refresh 2012, the Ecumenical Church Olympic project in Weymouth and Portland, home of the Olympic Sailing Academy.

There will also be an initial discussion on the Anglican Communion Covenant, a document seeking to maintain the unity of Anglicans across the world, ahead of the final debate and vote in February as part of a national church debate on the subject.

Diocesan Secretary Lucinda Herklots said, “We have three significant topics to discuss, none of which should be underestimated. Children and Young People are the society of the present as well as the society of the future, and deserve our full support and engagement. The Covenant challenges us to examine our identity as members of a worldwide body, and will require careful, prayerful consideration and debate.”

She added, “The forthcoming Olympic Games will not only provide cheer in these times of change, they will stimulate creative ideas, get people of all ages active and foster  community spirit. We encourage all our parishes to get involved and help everyone make the most of the celebrations.”


Diocesan Synod meets three times a year and is the governing body of the Diocese of Salisbury.
Click here for the Diocesan Synod page
Click here for Bishop Holtam's page

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Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
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