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Synod 26-11-2014

LUTON DEANERY SYNOD

26th November 2014

  • The meeting was held at St Anne’s; we were welcomed by Revd. Peter Budgell, who led a short act of worship.
  • There was a presentation by Jane Malcolm of the Level Trust who support families in poverty in Luton with the provision of school uniform especially shoes. Luton has an approx. 1 in 4 children at risk of child poverty; up to 60% in some wards in families both working and not. Supporting 21 of 74 schools. Churches can link with schools, collect stationery items and second hand uniform.   http://leveltrust.org/
  • Peter Adams spoke on behalf of the Food Bank, who are giving out approx. 600 food parcels a month – being just 3 days supply and not allowing long-term dependency, but signposting to other agencies if ongoing need. Volunteers always needed for distribution, warehouse, drivers, fundraising and supermarket collections. Extra bags for Christmas – appeal now out.
  • Treasurer reported we were awaiting 5 churches’ payments, and therefore hadn’t paid out money to Wenlock School. Budget for 2015 very similar to 2014 was approved. Subscriptions will be as 2014.
  • General Synod report: measure enabling women in Episcopacy moving to enactment, with first appointments likely in new year. C of E covenant relationship with Methodists is the next major item to be addressed with both sides needing to remove barriers to recognise the authority of the other.
  • Diocesan Synod report had been circulated and will be copied onto the Deanery website.
  • Next steps for Deanery Review 2015: “Parish Snapshot” questions for clergy to complete in January; then further engagement and consideration by PCC in spring to discern what is important for Deanery Mission Action Plan.
  • Interfaith report: Peter Adams gave thanks for presence of a good number of Christians from many churches on 22nd Nov alongside the EDL and counter-marches. Asking for prayers about conversations between people of faith and EDL members.
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