Bishops, clergy and laity from the Diocese of Chichester gather at Sussex Downs College, in Lewes, on Saturday (20 May from 10 am) for a meeting of the Diocesan Synod.
The packed agenda is focussed on how Church of England parishes across Sussex can deliver the Diocese’s five-year strategy to renew ministry for mission.
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will deliver his Presidential Address, an opportunity for the Bishop to reflect with his Diocese on progress and challenges.
New members of staff, Revd Jayne Prestwood, the officer for Lay Vocations and Ministry, and Revd Andrew Woodward, the Bishop’s Liaison Officer for LGBTQi community, will be introduced to Synod members and speak about their roles.
The Safeguarding Team will present a new safeguarding audit tool for parishes and Chas Walker, CEO of YMCA Downslink Group, will give Synod members an update on the success of Bishop’s Lent Appeal and summarise the charity’s ongoing partnership with parishes.
The Bishop of Chichester will contribute to a wider conversation on “Human Sexuality” and will be joined by Revd Andrew Woodward, Revd Simon Hobbs, Chaplain to the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and the Bishop of Lewes, Right Reverend Richard Jackson.
Synod members will be updated on events at the last meeting of the Church of England General Synod and there will be a financial report.
The day’s session is supported by diocesan staff and officers