Basingstoke Deanery Synod Report 2017

 

Deanery Synod is a meeting which allows the churches in the Deanery to work together for common purpose, pool resources for common projects etc.

There are three meetings each year. In 2016/17 lay members outnumbered clergy by 3:1

Each meeting begins with a short act of worship led by the Vicar whose church is the place of meeting.

There is always a Finance presentation and this includes a review of where each Parish is with payment of Parish Share.

Deanery goals have been reviewed and a simple measure has been put in place by asking the questions

  • “What would your organisation or church look like in 6months time, if it was better?
  • “What are the 3 steps to get you there? (behaviours, milestones, processes)”

PCCs were asked to send back their answers.

The deplorable lack of continuing development programmes for both ordained clergy

and Lay ministers in the Winchester Diocese (Just the Bishop’s Lent Lectures)

was compared with that of Salisbury, which has a full programme encompassing both

items concerning Spiritual Development and secular items such as orienteering.

A way of raising this issue with the diocese was being sought.

 

Urban expansion is reviewed.

 

Other subjects of discussion:

  • Another Trustee for the Christian Education Network & Open the Book

co-ordinator needed.

  • ‘Who Cares ?’ by 11 March.
  • Pentecost Prayer Novena – Churches need to plan how they will join in the Novena of prayer.
  • Deanery Synod elections (for a 3 year term) take place at this year’s APCMs.
  • Deanery Resource Hub
  • Winchester Social Enterprise – new projects.
  • Christians against poverty Money Lifeline, Junction5
  • The annual deanery subscription for all members [£7] is payable by the end of September
  • Town Chaplaincy finance appeal and new chaplain requirement
  • A co-ordinator still needed to assist John Davies and David Josey in BCEN work.
  • Rule of Life invitation for individual church members
  • ‘Tools for Transformation’ to help churches engage with environmental issues. The evening will hopefully equip more people to effectively articulate the Christian case for action in relation to creation care

 

Jeremy Jackman, Alexis Logan

Deanery Synod Reps for St. Gabriel’s Church