LUTON DEANERY SYNOD
28th November 2013
The meeting was held at St Augustine, Limbury; we were welcomed by Revd. Janet McKenzie who led us in opening worship.
Welcome to our newest recruit – Revd David Beresford Priest-in-Charge at Holy Cross, Marsh Farm.
Our Deanery Leaflet – aiming to share with a wider audience what the Deanery is and what Synod does – the draft was adopted by Synod and will be finalised for distribution to parishes.
The treasurer proposed the budget for 2014, based on no change to the parish contributions requested. Income and expenditure being expected to break-even. The budget was agreed as proposed.
General Synod update – Canon Philip McDonough thanked everyone for their prayerful support. + Rochester had described the process - revised draft measure and timetable towards potential legislation in 2015 re. women in the Episcopacy – as a train back on track, but still with many stations to journey through.
Interfaith matters sheet was distributed – including a message encouraging us to share Christmas with neighbours, colleagues and friends of other faiths. Dates included: Hannukah Celebration St Georges Square- 4th December; Christmas Lights Town Hall- 7th December; Holocaust Memorial Day Town Hall – 26th January
Notes & News included: Celebrate 100 Years of Bedfordshire being part of the Diocese. Major event at Keysoe, North Beds, for all the family. Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014. Free entry. Many more details being added on the Diocesan website. Parishes being encouraged to find a champion, consider music group involvement, organising transport etc
Presentation by Becky May, Regional co-ordinator for Bedfordshire on Messy Church, with its values of being Christ-centred, creativity, hospitality, celebration and all-age. Not a bridge into “normal” church, but church in its own right. All sorts of formats, timings, denominations, single-church, shared, school-based, but all aimed at family being together. For any further questions etc contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org