Diocesan Synod began with an opportunity to reflect on the day’s Gospel (Matthew 5.43-48).
During the Bishop’s Charge we heard about the work of the Casa Noeli in Brazil and the Arunima Hospice in Kolkata, both supported by partner dioceses of ours and the two causes supported by this year’s Bishop’s Lent Appeal. Bishop Marinez of Amazonia and Bishop Paritosh of Kolkata will both be visiting us in July prior to the Lambeth Conference and we will have opportunity to meet with them at a Diocesan Gathering on Sunday 9th July.
We were encouraged by Bishop Ian to make prayer and worship central to all we do as a diocese and as individuals.
Synod announcements and reports included an explanation of the simplified diocesan structure which we are already trialling, a report by the new Lay Ministries Group of work already underway to train and authorise lay people for specific forms of ministry, and an explanation of the work of Transitional Ministries.
Bishop Ian presided at the Eucharist which brought Synod to a close. During this celebration Lis Burke was commissioned as Warden of Lay Readers, Revd Dr Michael Paterson was commissioned as coordinator of Continuing Ministry Development, Revd Liz Baker was installed as a Canon of the Diocese and Revd Dr Alasdair Coles was installed as Synod Clerk and Canon of the Diocese.