LUTON DEANERY SYNOD
11th September 2013
The meeting was held at St Hugh, Lewsey; we were welcomed by Revd Joe Pienaar who led us in opening worship.
Welcome to new faces – Revd Nick Walsh, Curate at St Hugh’s; Revd David Kesterton, Priest and Community Missioner at All Saints with St Peter; and Revd Mike Jones, Vicar at St Mary, Luton.
The treasurer reminded us that letters for Deanery & Wenlock School contributions have been sent and these are now due. Draft Parish Share figures for 2014 are on the Diocesan website. Pastoral Aid support grant applications to be submitted by Friday 11th October for consideration by The Deanery Parish Shares Committee. Treasurers are invited to a thank-you and networking meeting on 19th November.
General Synod update told us of next steps - revised draft measure and timetable towards potential legislation in 2015 re. women in the Episcopacy. Pray for a spirit of unity through this process.
Wenlock School update was circulated – Acting Headteacher Mrs Debbie Williams (previously Deputy Head) with governors and leadership team looking at various aspects of school practice and place in the community, and as a Deanery supported school – its place in the mission of the church.
Revd Yenda Smejkal & Revd Mike Jones were both elected as clergy reps on the Diocesan Synod.
Notes & News included: Revd David Beresford to be licensed at Holy Cross Marsh Farm Tuesday 15th October; Churchwardens’ thank-you & networking meeting Tuesday 1st October at Christchurch, Bushmead 7.30-9pm.
Deanery next steps – we are planning a booklet explaining about Luton Deanery and Synod – role, responsibilities, ways we work, and our aims and values - aimed at broadening understanding and, hopefully, commitment to it. Draft sections were reviewed, discussed and feedback welcomed.
Footnotes: Deanery website www.lutondeanery.org.uk has a section for each parish, and links to most websites – please check content and advise of any changes required.
Dates for forthcoming Synod meetings: Thursday 28th November 2013; Tuesday 11th February; Monday 16th June; Thursday 11th September; Wednesday 26th November 2014.