Diocesan Synod Archive

2017, May 20th: A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington.

Links to the supporting papers, copies of PowerPoint slides and links to the sound recordings are available in the table below. Photographs from this meeting of the Synod are available using this link and the suite of sound recordings together, rather than individually, are available using this link.

Paper Description PowerPoint Slides Sound Recording
DS17 03 Agenda    
  Welcome & Worship   use this link
  Presidential Address   use this link
  Bishop Mark: Bishops in Mission 2018   use this link
  Presentation: Education link to presentation use this link
  General Synod Report (Feb 2017) link to presentation use this link
  Setting God's People Free link to presentation use this link
  Update: Growing Church Bringing Hope   use this link
  Local Ministry Development link to presentation use this link

DS17 05
DS17 05A

DS17 07

Annual Reports
Canon Simon Harper: Finance 2016
Ven Geoff Miller: Activities 2016

link to presentation use this link
  Closing Worship   use this link
HL17AS

Meeting of the House of Laity: 
Note by Adam Saunders

   

2017, March 11th: An Open Synod Forum took place at the Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School, Rothbury.

The theme for the meeting was the launch of a new strategic vision growing church bringing hope. A short formal meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at the interval. Documents supporting the Synod can be downloaded from the links below, including sound recordings and a link to photographs.

Paper Item Description
  Vision, by the Bishop of Newcastle: recording of the Bishop's address
  Values, by the Ven Geoff Miller: recording of the Archdeacon's address
DS17 01 Agenda for the formal meeting to be held during the interval
DS17 02 Amending Standing Order 72
Listen Bishop Christine's address to Synod (opens in SoundCloud)

2016, November 26th: A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington.

The Agenda and Papers used at this meeting are set out below.

Listen to the sound recordings from the Synod (via Soundcloud)

Paper Number Description Sound Files
DS16 07 Agenda for 26 November 2016 Open & Worship
DS16 08 Minute of a meeting held on 14 May 2016 Notices
  Presidential Address (Bishop of Newcastle) Address
DS16 09 Proposed Budget 2017 Budget
  Report from General Synod: July 2016 Synod Report
DS16 10 Growth & Fruitfulness (short version) Presentation
DS16 11 Instrument of Delegation Governance
DS16 12 Deanery Synod Elections 2017 Governance
  Closing Worship Worship & Close

2016, October 11th: A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at St John's Church, Percy Main, North Shields.

The meeting had a single item agenda with the budget document forming the basis for discussion.

The budget document can be downloaded using this link DS16 07

Listen to the sound recordings from the Synod(via Soundcloud)

2016, September 24th: An Open Synod Forum took place at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington.

The Synod met for an Open Synod Forum at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England  Academy, Ashington on Saturday 24th September.

The theme for the Forum was Walking with Aidan, the next part of our journey with the Companions of St Aidan. Documents supporting the Synod can be downloaded from the links below, including sound recordings and a link to photographs.

2016, May 14th: A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at the Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School, Rothbury.

Recordings from the Synod are available at https://soundcloud.com/diocese-of-newcastle

The Agenda and papers were as follows:

Paper Description
DS16 01 Agenda
DS16 02 Minutes of a meeting held on 28 November 2015
DS16 03 Annual Reports 2015
DS16 04 Financial Statements for 2015
DS16 04A Summary Financial Note by the Diocesan Accountant
DS16 05 Responding to Renewal & Reform: Lay Leadership
DS16 06 Summary of the Open Synod Forum held on 12 March

2016, March 12th: An Open Synod Forum took place at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington.

Recordings from the Synod are available at https://soundcloud.com/diocese-of-newcastle

Diocesan Synod met on Saturday 12th March 2016 at the Northumberland Church of England Academy, Josephine Butler Campus, Ashington NE63 9RX. 

This was an Open Meeting and ovr 130 people attended. The Synod began with a Presidential Address from the Bishop of Newcastle followed by a conversation with the Bishop. After a short break the Disability Task Group led a series of workshops which allowed people to share some of the joys, challenges, opportunities and frustrations of living with disabilities as part of God's church and the world.

The seven main workshops were:

  • Hearing Loss: Hearing loss affects nearly all of us - either personally, or in someone we know well. How can the church community do more to include those who have limited hearing, and make their experience of worship and activities joyful instead of frustrating?
  • Unseen Disabilities: This will be an interactive group exploring a wide range of conditions and impairments with one thing in common - their invisibility to others. The attitudes of others, whether family, friend or stranger (e.g. in church) can determine crucially how far they feel welcome and included in worship and fellowship.
  • Mobility Impairments: Not just a ramp... A workshop about all sorts of barriers that limit access to worship and fellowship and the attitudes that can disable us all.
  • Sight Loss: Why might visually impaired people not want to come to your church? The worshop will examine a range of reasons and look at how, with greater awareness, the church community can positively address them.
  • Learning Difficulties: People with Learning Disabilities have much to offer the church. We will consider how to maximise individual characteristics, minimize barriers and offer appropriate assistance. Greater awareness is needed by us all.
  • Mental Health Issues: How can churches truly include those suffering from mental illness? What support can we give? And what support is available for us as we support others?
  • Dementia: Nothing to be afraid of! I have simply forgotten your name. Ways in which we can learn to sare the joys of worship, activities and everyday life with those whom we love.

An eighth workshop was a tour of The Centre (use this link to find out further information) located within the Josephine Butler Campus. It shares the building with the Josephine Butler Primary and Secondary campuses. The Centre caters for the needs of children and young people aged 4-19 years who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and we also have facilities, based on a TEACCH approach, for children with autism.

2015, November 28th: A meeting of the Diocesan took place at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington.

The Agenda and papers used at the meeting are set out below.

Paper Description
post meeting Note to members following the meeting
post meeting Budget 2016 summary document
DS(15)20 Agenda
DS(15)21 Note of the Finance Synod held on 6 October
Recording Recording of the meeting held on 6 October
DS(15)22 Responding to Reform & Renewal
DS(15)23 Budget 2016
DS(15)24 Proposed Suffragan See of Berwick
 Background Inspired North East
Background Reform and Renewal
Background Suffragan Sees

2015, October 6th: A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at St John's Church, Percy Main, North Shields.

Agenda and papers used at the meeting held on 6th October

A sound recording of the meeting is available at SoundCloud using this link https://soundcloud.com/diocese-of-newcastle/sets/diocesan-synod-finance-meeting-held-on-6th-october

Paper Description
Recording Recording of the meeting held on 6th October
DS(15)15 Agenda for 6 October
DS(15)16 Minutes of 19 September (DRAFT)
DS(15)17 Draft Budget Paper for Consultation

2015, September 19th: A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle.

The Diocesan Synod held its first meeting of the new triennium on Saturday 19 September when more than 90 people gathered for a Eucharist at the Cathedral which was followed by a short formal meeting of the Synod. Business carried out included:
• Election of the Vice-Presidents: The Revd Canon John Sinclair was elected to serve as Chair of the House of Clergy and Canon Carol Wolstenholme was elected to serve as Chair of the House of Laity;
• Overview of the business carried out at the last session of the General Synod held in York in July: A presentation was given by the Revd Canon Dr Dagmar Winter supplemented by the Revd Janet Appleby, Professor John Bull and Canon Carol Wolstenholme.
• Overview of the Election Process: Members of the Diocesan Synod need to elect people to serve on the following Boards and Committees:
i) Bishop’s Council & Standing Committee; ii) Diocesan Education Board; iii) Houses and Glebe Committee; iv) Diocesan Mission & Pastoral Committee; and v) Vacancy in See Committee
The nomination period is now open and runs to noon on Monday 5 October. Nomination forms are available here.

Agenda and papers used at the meeting on 19 September

Paper Description
DS(15 06) Agenda for 19 September
DS(15 07) Minutes of meeting held 16th May
DS(15 08) Elections to Boards & Committees
DS(15 09) Overview of Structures
DS(15 10) Nomination form: Bishop's Council & Standing Committee
DS(15 11) Nomination form: Diocesan Education Board
DS(15 12) Nomination form: Houses & Glebe Committee
DS(15 13) Nomination form: Mission & Pastoral Committee
DS(15 14) Nomination form: Vacancy in See Committee

 

2015, May 16th: A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place at the Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School, Rothbury.

  • Sound extracts are available from https://soundcloud.com/diocese-of-newcastle
  • This meeting was open to members and non-members.
  • This was a special meeting of the Synod and we welcomed two representatives from the Archbishops' Council, Canon John Spence and the Revd Dr Malcolm Brown.
  • The meeting began with worship followed by a presentation about the Reform and Renewal proposals. The presentation was followed by group work and a plenary session. This was a valuable opportunity to engage with the Reform & Renewal consultation.
  • The Synod broke for refreshments and reconvened for a formal meeting.
  • Agenda and Papers
  • More information about the programme of Reform and Renewal is available using this link

Open Synod Forum held on Saturday 14th March 2015

This was a morning of Learning and Reflection for Lent to be led by the Revd Dr Calvin Samuel, Academic Dean and Director of Wesley Study Centre, St John’s College, Durham.
 

2014, November 29th: A meeting of the Diocesan took place at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington.

Papers:

DS14 06 Agenda

DS14 09 Minute of Synod held on 24 May 2014

DS14 10 Note of a meeting held on 6 October 2014

DS14 07 Dignity at Work: Policy & Procedures

DS14 08 Budget 2015

DS14 11 Poverty Task Group Report to Synod

DS14 12 Elections to Diocesan Synod 2015

Introduction to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

2014, October 25th: A Lay Conference was held at the Centre for Life, Newcastle. 

A Lay Conference was held on 25th October 2014 to affirm lay voices and make them heard across our diocese

A conference to celebrate, inspire and enthuse lay peoplewas held on Saturday 25th October at the Centre for Life, Newcastle.

FOLLOW UP NOTE FROM THE CONFERENCE (DEC 2014)

PROGRAMME (download in PDF format)

POWERPOINT SLIDES (download in PDF format)

VIDEO 

Lay Voices 2014

Seven church members from across the diocese attended the General Synod at York from 11th to 13th July. Look out for news and articles following this visit, particularly about what they enjoyed, what they discovered and the amount of networking they achieved over a busy three days.

Lay Voices at the General Synod 2014