The meeting was held at Wenlock C of E Junior School, and visitors were greeted and given guided tours of the school by some fantastic young ambassadors for the school. The Headteacher, Debbie Williams welcomed us and talked about the Values which form the basis of the schools strategic priorities, teaching and whole school ethos. We were also told about the early stages of building a relationship with Oakwood Islamic Primary School. Peter Adams led prayers for the school, staff and their support through the Deanery.www.wenlockjunior.co.uk
There was a presentation by Jane Chipperton, Diocesan RE Adviser about Church of England Schools and their distinctive Christian ethos. The presentation talked about, amongst other things, the place of schools at the heart of our mission to the nation, and in making new disciples; the quality of Religious Education being a particular focus area for improvement; spiritual, moral social and cultural teaching; the Archbishop of Canterbury affirmation of the need for religious literacy and schools’ service as practical love in action. A copy of the slides will be made available on the Deanery Website.
Deanery Review update: “Parish Snapshot” questions now received back from all parishes, and results being collated by Tony Sellers and others – he spoke about how this builds a picture of all the ways our churches and people are integral to so many important things in Luton. Questions have been sent for PCCs to consider their views on the Deanery, its priorities and suggestions for ways the Deanery can support them. Reps were asked to ensure this opportunity was taken one way or another. Working towards a draft report and Mission Action Plan for Synod in September.
The Interfaith Report was distributed separately, and includes Luton Council of Faith’s response to Paris killings; notes about Holocaust Memorial event; Christian response to EDL demo; and a reminder that Near Neighbours funding is available for anyone wanting to organise an event or small project bringing people of different faiths together.
Next meeting will be at St Mary’s Luton 17th June 2015, and will include Charles Burch speaking on vocations, and elections to Diocesan Synod. Visitors always welcome, but only Deanery Synod members will be eligible to vote.