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Seizing the Moment at Synod *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 02 May, 2013 05:24 PM

Over 100 church representatives and clergy from across Wiltshire and Dorset met for a lively Diocesan Synod on Saturday 5 November at Market Lavington Community Hall.

Seizing the Moment at Synod *Updated

Diocesan Synod at Market Lavington Community Hall

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, presided at Synod for the first time. Welcoming the presentation of plans to inform and inspire parish and school collaborations, he said “I hope this Children and Young People Strategy will be the first of a series of strategy documents that give shared purpose and coherence to our common Christian life and help us to pull together in the same direction.”

After stressing the need to be fully involved with Olympic celebrations and discussions about the Anglican Communion Covenant, he concluded, “I have been delighted by the warmth of relationships which we have experienced in your welcome of us. It is really striking that this is a Church whose members want to be the Church together. I am delighted to have come among you as your bishop and look forward to a fruitful and happy partnership with you in Christ.”

Deputy Director of Education Joy Tubbs, Children’s Advisor Barbara Meardon and Diocesan Adviser for Work with Young People Lizzie Whitbread introduced the Children and Young People Strategy. Delegates discussed how they could apply it, and a number of new approaches for possible use in parishes were suggested. Synod then approved the adoption of the strategy.

The Revd Canon Duncan Green regaled delegates with a presentation on the Olympic Games, noting the importance of the Torch Relay’s visit to 61 parishes in the Diocese. He urged churches to make the most of the opportunity by adapting their existing groups and clubs, creating new ones and putting on themed events. Synod also heard about events planned by the Churches in Weymouth and Portland and beyond, including the Revd Andy Bowerman speaking on the mission opportunities of an Olympics themed flower festival.

The afternoon was given over to the background and issues surrounding the Anglican Communion Covenant, a document setting out priorities for the unity of Anglicans worldwide. The Revd Giles Goddard, Priest in Charge of St Johns Waterloo, and Revd Gavin Foster of Weymouth and Portland, set out points for and against so that Synod could discuss this subject ahead of the final debate and vote in February as part of a national church process.

Diocesan Secretary Lucinda Herklots said, “We had three very interesting subjects to discuss today. The challenge Synod has set is for our parishes to seize the opportunities to put children and young people at heart of what they do and be inspired to by the practical suggestions for an Olympics event in each community.”


Notes and Links
Bishop Holtam’s page 
The Revd Canon Duncan Green is Head of Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services for the 2012 Olympic Games. Olympics page [expired] 
Diocesan Synod meets three times a year and is the governing body of the Diocese of Salisbury. Diocesan Synod page, with text of the Bishop's address 

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Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
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