First meeting of the new triennium – Diocesan Synod report from November

Church of England Birmingham LogoReport from Diocesan Synod

November 2015

As this was the first meeting of the new triennium we stated with a short service of communion followed by separate meetings of the Houses of Clergy and Laity. There was no agenda for this part of the meeting it was more an opportunity to get to know others.

A report was given of the last meeting of General Synod which tackled a range of topics including global warming, the migrant crisis and the report on the state of church buildings. This was followed by several updates on activities within the Diocese.

Human Sexuality: a series of Shared Conversations have taken place across the country on this topic. We had a presentation on behalf of those from the Birmingham Diocese. It should be noted that they truly were conversations not a debate with conclusions. The reps said they would be available to come to Deanery Synod meetings if wished.

(Post meeting note: they have been invited to come to the next Deanery Synod meeting in February).

Growing Younger: There has been a lot of activity with ‘Growing Younger’ as the 10 Mission Apprentices are in place, 9 Children and Family Missioners appointed and 60 churches have requested assistance from the 4 part-time Growing Younger Facilitators. In addition 3 Assistant Directors of Mission will be starting work shortly. St Luke’s Church now has about 300 young people attending services.

Community Regeneration: A whole host of different project come under this banner such as: Places of Welcome, Near Neighbours, Safe Families for Children, Night Shelter, work with older people. There is also the desire that churches develop a vision on how they might have a greater impact on the lives of their local community. This work is supported by Thrive Together Birmingham a joint venture between Church of England Birmingham and the Church Urban Fund (

The report From Evidence to Action, a Parish Guide to the findings of the Church Growth Research Programme is now available.

A course entitled ‘Leading your Church into Growth’ will be available next April with spaces for 25 churches to attend.

Carol DealeyReport compiled by Carol Dealey, Diocesan Synod Representative


23rd Dec 2015 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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