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Diocesan Synod: A Report
Thursday 27 June 2013
On the morning of Saturday 15th June, members of the Diocesan Synod gathered at St Luke’s Church in Norwich, and after an opening prayer was given, Synod began.
Many of the formalities of Synod were followed as this was also the Synod AGM. These included:
The minutes of the previous AGM (16th June 2012) were confirmed and signed.
Synod was asked to receive and adopt the accounts for year-end 2012. The vote was taken and unanimously agreed and adopted.
Synod was then asked to consider the re-appointment of Lovewell Blake Accountants. Bishop Graham proposed the motion; it was seconded and voted through.
The minutes from Synod on the 16th March were received by vote. There were no matters arising, so Bishop Jonathan signed them.
Members of Synod were presented with the Annual Boards and Committees reports. Each report was given individually from the following teams:
Youth Children and Family
Care of Churches
Board of Education
Mission and Pastoral Committee
Social and Community Concerns
Discipleship and Ministry
Throughout the presentations a number of questions were raised ranging from deep theological points to the wording of reports. All questions were duly answered by the appropriate teams. Following a discussion on each report, all were approved.
Director of Finance Susan Bunting then presented The Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) 2012 Annual Report. You can download the presentation by clicking on the link at the bottom of this report. The report was received and approved. You can also read the Annual Report and Financial Statements by clicking here.
After a short pause, Synod then looked to the proposals of changes to Parish Share. Synod voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new proposals. You can read a full account of the vote here.
After such long and serious discussions a coffee break was needed. Upon regrouping, Bishop Graham commended Roy and Mary Hansell who have each been awarded a British Empire Medal for their service – they received a standing ovation. You can read their full story here.
Synod then received a presentation for the 2014 budget. The details of the budget will be available on the Diocesan website in the near future. After the report was given, a number of questions were raised concerning the budgets which were answered by the Finance team. Bill Hussleby proposed to approve the budget, so a vote was taken and the budget was carried.
Due to time constraints, a shorter than planned presentation was given by the Mothers’ Union. You can find out more about the Mothers’ Union and sign up for their newsletter by clicking here.
Finally, Diocesan Secretary Richard Butler then explained about changes to Synod Standing Orders. He confirmed that it would be possible to send Standing Orders via email in the future, and after discussion it was confirmed that an email signature would be valid.
Three Standing Orders were then raised concerning expenses, review processes and the purpose of Synod. All these points were answered by the appropriate team member.
After an intense morning of discussion, Bishop Graham brought the Synod to a close with a short prayer and blessing.