Minutes of Reigate Deanery Synod Meeting
Wednesday 17th June 2015 at St Peter’s Church, Woodmansterne
Chair: Christopher Elliott – Lay Chair
Members present: 62 Apologies: 18
1. Rev’d Doug McHardie welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave us an overview of what is happening with regard to the church hall at St Peter’s and then lead members in a time of worship which was based on the previous day’s Morning Prayer and included readings from the book of Ezra.
She distributed an envelope to all churches which contained a poster for Catch It which will take place on 3rd October for school age children years 3-7, although there can be some movement in the ages if necessary. Last year Catch It attracted 66 children and the aim is to introduce them to a whole life worship. Catch It works across all denominations and this was only the first notice. In the next month or so there will be postcards available for children to inform them what is happening. Booking will be on line this year and the cost will be £5 per child. It will run from 1pm – 5.15pm at St Luke’s Church.
Chris Elliott said that this year’s Catch It had received a Croydon Area Mission Grant. He then went on to propose that Kerry Evans was co-opted onto the Deanery Synod. Rev’d Anita Colpus seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.
He asked us to close our eyes and go back to our teens and consider who we could trust and what did our church do or could have done. We were asked to think of the 14-30 age group and imagine five years hence; what might it look like to support young adult ministry. For non church goers what are our expressions of pastoral care; what might that look like to the elderly or teenagers.
We then split into eight groups to discuss the questions:
What expressions of pastoral care in relation to loneliness and isolation (especially older people or teenagers) might look like in 5 years time in your Deanery?
Describe what Young Adult ministry (16-30s age group) might look like in the Deanery.
Response from the Groups
1. Parishes poaching from other churches is a concern, Deanery youth group to go to Soul Survivor.
2. Social Networking – work together to provide a more positive way.
3. Lost age group – come back for baptisms – what are the calls on our time and get involved in them.
4. Use things of youth interest e.g. twitter.
5. Five a side football – sports.
6. Ask what they want – change church culture to include young.
7. Who in age group are on PCC?
8. Making ready for adult life – we should access key points in life.
Alison Way will look at the ideas and we will continue to discuss these with her at the next Synod.
Chris Elliott asked everyone to show their appreciation to Shane.
All reports had been submitted in writing before the meeting and there were no questions or comments on these.
We invited nominations for Diocesan Synod for 4 clergy places and 7 lay and this is the result;
Lay members are: John Schofield, David Keiller, Ginny Eaton, Peter Siggs, Jacquie Dean, Libby Green and Christopher Elliott. Clergy members are: Rev’d Andrew Cunnington, Rev’d Anita Colpus, Rev’d Carol Coslett and Rev’d Phil Andrew.
All members of the Deanery Synod are electors for the General Synod and Libby Green has agreed to be nominated.
It was announced that Andrew Lane and Stephen Craven will be leaving the Diocese soon and that the Venerable Stephen Roberts will be taking over from Andrew in September.
St Peter’s Woodmansterne were thanked for their refreshments.
Rev’d Carol Coslett ended the meeting in prayer.
The next Deanery Synod meeting will be held at Christ the King, Salfords on 8th October 2015.