LUTON DEANERY SYNOD
11th February 2014
The meeting was held at St Saviour’s; we were welcomed by Revd. Yenda Smejkal to a church which was built at the turn of the last century. He reported that the arrangement whereby he looked after both St Saviour’s and St Mary Sundon had been working well for about a year and he was now quite used to the back-routes and traffic across town.
The Luton Deanery information leaflet was now being printed and 12 copies will be sent to each church in good time for most Annual Meetings. We were reminded that as it is the end of a triennium, all Deanery reps need to be elected / re-elected this year.
As a follow-on from the Messy Church presentation at the last meeting, churches were encouraged to consider sending someone on the Messy Discipleship course on 22nd March. A Messy Get Together is proposed in Luton after this course – date TBA by Becky May.
The treasurer presented the account for 2013, showing a surplus of income over expenditure of £1150, due to expenses etc being lower than budget. Approx. £300 of late payments also meant the Wenlock School expense is lower with amounts carried over into 2014. It was also noted that we now carry £3000 in reserves for Mission Support for Synod to meet a future specific missional need or extraordinary event. Access to this would be via a proposal to Standing Committee for the Deanery Synod to consider for approval.
Celebrate 100 (the Diocesan celebration on 25th August at Keysoe, North Beds) – Deanery Champion is Mrs Valerie Dallinger who will circulate news and information updates. Parishes are asked to nominate a Champion to ensure all the news/information gets through effectively. Deanery is considering shared transport – please let us know if there may be demand for this i.e. a few from each parish. On site, apart from food, all will be free!
Revd Jeanette Gosney, Parish Development Officer, explained her role in developing lay ministry and Equipping God’s People. She talked about the various courses and modules of Foundations in Living God’s Love. The Mystery Worshipper scheme was commended, especially as we will be looking at a consistent theme from Mission Action Plans – the Ministry of Welcome. Look out for sessions in the Deanery to be held after Easter.