The meeting was held at St Mary’s Luton; we were welcomed by Revd. Mike Jones, who led a short act of worship with prayers ending with a blessing for Luton
There was a presentation by Charles Burch, Diocesan Vocations Officer who talked about us all being called by God through baptism, but his focus was on those licensed to be Readers or to full time ordained ministry. Synod looked in groups at biblical characters who were called by God and how they reacted including stepping back, questioning and feeling unworthy. We were encouraged to help people discern their purpose, and perhaps “have a go”. Steve Wood – vocations adviser- can help people explore; and there is a Pilot scheme aimed at young people.
Deanery Review continues to progress, with a draft report being prepared through the DMPC. Draft to come to September synod. This will end up with a review of where we are and a Deanery Mission Action Plan to report to the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee in December. Feedback on info shared to date can be sent to Kevin Devey or Revd Janet Mackenzie.
Elections to Diocesan Synod filled 6 out of 7 clergy seats, and 4 out of 6 lay seats. Synod members were reminded that they are the electorate for Diocesan committees, and also for the 11 Diocesan reps on General Synod. Luton and Bedfordshire are under-represented and people were encouraged to consider standing and ensure they used their votes. Philip McDonough can help with networking and election addresses etc.
Please pray with thanks for Revd Martin Burrell – last service at Christchurch on 19 July and becoming House for Duty Chaplain to Roma, based in Luton; also for Sharon Smith becoming Deacon to be based at Caddington & Farley Hill; and for Revd Emma Young (St Augustine’s) being priested.
Synod approved a proposed deanery donation of £500 from the Mission Fund for Level Trust to help cover maternity leave.
Interfaith report: Peter Adams spoke about the planned response to Britain First marching in Luton on 27th June, and their opposition to us living as good neighbours with people of the Muslim community. All churches were asked to pray for the situation of ongoing threat to our community and harmonious relations in Luton.