Chichester Diocesan Synod meets this weekend.
Finance, tourism and some significant “farewells” top the agenda of the Chichester Diocesan Synod when it meets this weekend (Saturday 12 May, 10am) at Sussex Downs College, Lewes.
Bishops, clergy and laity from across the Diocese will be updated on a range of important issues affecting the life of the Church in Sussex.
Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East, will address the Synod on the increasing challenge of meeting the expectations of visitors to Sussex- many of whom visit Chichester Cathedral and hundreds of historic parish churches on a daily basis.
The “Tourism Challenge” is about providing “hospitality and a warm welcome for pilgrims and visitors throughout the year” according to the agenda circulated to elected members.
Members will also be asked to approve a five-year commitment to retaining the current parish share and ministry costs systems. The move will be seen as huge boost towards a continued effective resourcing of Church of England ministry across Sussex.
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will deliver a Presidential address to Synod members as well as updating them on the recent IICSA Inquiry and the Carlile Review.
The Archdeacon of Chichester, Douglas McKittrick and Chair of the Board of Finance, John Booth, will both be stepping down after many years of distinguished service. It will be a poignant occasion as Synod thanks them for their time in office and wishes them well in the future.
Agenda for synod can be found here