Diocesan Synod Archive


Saturday 23rd November 2019: Formal Synod

A meeting of the Diocesan Synod was held on Saturday 23rd November 2019 at St John's Church, Percy Main, North Shields NE29 6HS.
he meeting was supported by the following papers:

Paper number Item Comment
DS19 19 Agenda for 23 November  
DS19 20 Minute of meeting held on 28 September agreed 23/11/2019
DS19 21 Proposed budget 2020 agreed 23/11/2019


Saturday 28th September 2019: Formal Synod

A meeting of the Diocesan Synod was held on Saturday 28th September at Newcastle Cathedral.
Papers which supported the meeting are set out in the table below.

Paper number Item Comment
DS19 13 Agenda  
DS19 14 Minutes of a meeting held on 11 May 2019 agreed 28/09/2019
DS19 15 Proposed Environmental Policy agreed 28/08/2019
DS19 16 Budget 2020-2022: discussion document  
DS19 17 Amending Canon No 39  
Supporting items    
DS19 09 Presidential Address 11 May 2019  
DS19 10 Budget Consultation 2020-2022  
PRSG19 05 Parish Share Review First Round Consultation  
     


Monday 22nd July 2019: Finance Open Synod (Budget Consultation)

An Open Forum meeting of the Diocesan Synod was held on Monday 22nd July 2019 at
he Church of St John the Evangelist, Kingston Park Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 2HB

This meeting was the start of a consultation about the budget for 2020-2022.

Papers used to support this meeting can be found below

Paper number Item Comment
DS19 11 Programme for 22 July Open Synod Finance Forum  
DS19 10 Budget Consultation 2020-2022  
DS19 12A Points raised during first part of the meeting  
DS19 12B Points raised during the second part of the meeting  
DS19 12C Crucial points collected from each table  


Diocesan Synod held on Saturday 11th May 2019

A meeting of the Diocesan Synod was held on Saturday 11th May 2019 at 
the Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School, Silverton Lane, Rothbury NE65 7RJ
Papers which supported this meeting are included below including links to the presentations and sound recordings (either click on the item or paper number or use the download option):
Sound recordings from the Synod are available at: https://soundcloud.com/diocese-of-newcastle
If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the Soundcloud App.

Paper number Item  
  Bishop Christine's Presidential Address Listen using this link
DS19 09 Transcript of the Presidential Address  
DS19 01 Agenda  
DS19 02 Minutes of a meeting held on 20 October 2018  
DS19 03 Annual Report & Financial Statements 2018  
DS19 03A Summary Financial Statement  
DS19 04 Annual Report 2018  
DS19 05 Going for Green (flyer tabled at Synod)  
DS19 06 Copy of Education Presentation (item 7) listen using this link
DS19 07 Copy of Finance Presentation (item 8) listen using this link
DS19 08 Copy of Environment Presentation (item 11) listen using this link
DS19 08A Video included in the environment presentation  


Diocesan Synod held on Saturday 20th October 2018

The inaugural meeting of the new Diocesan Synod took place on Saturday 20th October 2018 at Newcastle Cathedral.
Papers which supported the meeting are available below together with links to the sound recordings.

Page number Description
DS18 12 Agenda for 20th October
DS18 13 Minute of 28th April 2018
DS18 14 Proposed Budget 2019
DS18 22 Safeguarding Report


Diocesan Synod held on 24th July 2018

An Open Finance Synod took place at St John's Church, Kingston Park on Tuesday 24 July.
This was a single item agenda which began the process of consultation about the Diocesan Budget for 2019.
There was one supporting paper for the meeting, paper DS18 11 Budget Consultation 2019.
Download the paper using this link: DS18 11 Budget Consultation 2019
You can listen to the discussions from the meeting using the following link: https://soundcloud.com/diocese-of-newcastle

Diocesan Synod held on 28th April 2018

A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place on Saturday 28 April at
he Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School, Silverton Lane, Rothbury NE65 7RJ.

Paper reference Item Description
AUDIO Sound recording taken at the Synod
DS18 03 Agenda
DS18 04 Minutes of a meeting held on 30 September 2018
DS18 05 Financial Statements 2017
DS18 05a Summary Financial Statement for 2017
DS18 06 Contingency Budget Planning 2018
DS18 07 Annual Reports 2017
DS18 08 Elections to Diocesan Synod 2018
DS18 09A Update: Resource Church for Diocese of Newcastle
DS18 09B Mission Strategy
DS18 09C Church Planting Strategy
Misc. Item PowerPoint Slides to support Item 9.1 General Synod Report
Misc. Item Amending Canons 36 and 37 to support Item 9.2
Misc. Item

Briefing note: West Tyne Schools informal consultation


Diocesan Synod held on 24th July 2017

A meeting of the Diocesan Synod took place on 24th July at St John's Church, Percy Main.
This meeting was an Open Finance Forum.

Paper Item Description
DS17 09 Budget Consultation 2018
DS17 09B Budget Consultation 2018 Parish Share Projection
Vision Sound recording of Bishop Christine's presentation
Plenary 1 Feedback from table discussions about the VISION
Budget Simon Harper's presentation (Chair of the Board of Finance)
Plenary 2 Feedback from table discussions about the BUDGET
Parish Share Liz Kerry's presentation (Vice Chair, Board of Finance)
Plenary 3 Feeback from the table discussions about PARISH SHARE


Diocesan Synod held on 27th May 2017

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.

Diocesan Synod held on 11th March 2017

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)

Diocesan Synod held on 26 November 2016

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

Diocesan Synod held on 11th October 2016

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)

Diocesan Synod held on 24th September 2016

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.

Diocesan Synod held on 14th May 2016

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

Diocesan Synod held on 12th March 2016

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.

Diocesan Synod held on 28th November 2015

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

Diocesan Synod held on th October 2015

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

Diocesan Synod held on 19th September 2015

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) Bishops 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

Diocesan Synod held on 16th May 2015

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

Diocesan Synod held on 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 Johns College, Durham.

Diocesan Synod held on 29th November 2014

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

Lay Voices Conference, held on 25th October 2014

A Lay Conference was held at the Centre for Life, Newcastle to affirm lay voices and help make them heard across our diocese.

A conference to celebrate, inspire and enthuse lay people was 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.


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