HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LATEST MEETING – February 2017
The meeting was held at St Andrew Slip End, hosted by Revd Cathy Pullinger.
The Treasurer’s report included a proposed increase to subscriptions from £15 up to £20 per member which was approved – enabling increased spend on mission initiatives such as Townwide Mission 2018 and lay training courses. Increased costs of admin support for the Area Dean should be covered by Diocesan funding.
There was an update on the five parishes with clergy vacancies – Holy Cross; St. Paul’s; St. Augustine’s; St. Anne’s w/St. Christopher’s; St. Matthew’s. All churches were asked to pray for those helping to keep these churches going and seeking God’s will for their future.
Deanery Mission & Pastoral Committee seeks new member and link with Methodist church circuit after the resignation of Gill Martin. Gill was thanked for all her support over a number of years, particularly with Deanery Review in 2015.
Plans for the Bishop’s Deanery Day on 23rd February were updated, and all churches urged to have representatives attend the evening celebration at All Saints, Luton.
Saturday 19th May 2018 – mark the date for the Luton Townwide Mission – a day of social action and celebratory worship around the town.
Worship led by Revd Cathy and members of St. Andrew’s, followed by a time of prayer in groups focused on the mission of the Church in Luton.
Clive Richardson stood down from Synod after serving for 36 years, including 20 as Lay Chair. He reflected on the joys and challenges experienced over these years and wished the Deanery well for the future. Clive is thanked for all his service to the Deanery and representation on Diocesan Committees.
NOTE: These bullet points are intended as a memory jogger and means of sharing highlights of the last meeting. Proper minutes of the meeting are distributed and agreed later.