Synod autumn 2018

Diocesan Synod was held on Saturday morning (Oct 20th) in the newly-opened upstairs worship space at Trinity Church Nottingham where refurbishment work has transformed the once derelict auction house in Mansfield Road.

After opening worship, the Revd Jonny Hughes, who leads Trinity Church, prayed for God’s blessing on the work of Synod and the mission of the church across the diocese.

The Bishop welcomed all those newly elected to Synod, expressing particular thanks for the increased number serving on Diocesan Synod for the first time.

In his Presidential Address, Bishop Paul, referring to Isaiah 61, said: “As a diocese we are not primarily committed to planting churches so much as we are invited by God to participate in planting people. Within the gospel vision God gave to Isaiah we are invited to participate in the reforestation of Nottinghamshire and a little part of South Yorkshire – planting people who will be oaks of righteousness to display God’s splendour. This is why our vision is singularly focused on ‘growing disciples – reaching wider, younger and deeper’.”

Bishop Paul went on to speak specifically about the recently launched YoungLIFE initiative he is leading in 2018-19, working directly with 21 parishes that are seeking to make a ‘step-change’ in their ministry among children under 12.

Click here to read Bishop Paul’s address

Michael Arlington, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance, presented the budget to Synod. In this he set out the real challenges aligned to a clear vision, seeking to ensure that the diocese can not only sustain but continue to grow its ministry in every part of the diocese.  After engaging with the substance of the proposed budget, the Synod voted unanimously to agree the 2019 Budget – click here to read the Budget in full

At the opening of Synod, a video was shown which gave an insight into the diocese’s new discipleship course – Real LIFE. More than 260 people have enrolled for the first ten-week segment of the course that is taking place at three locations:

Tuesdays: St Giles, West Bridgford | NG2 6AY
Wednesdays: St Margaret’s, Aspley | NG8 5GE
Thursdays: St Anne’s (Church Hall), Worksop | S80 1NG