Diocese of Newcastle

Newcastle Diocesan Synod

Meeting dates in 2020

Saturday 21 March 2020
Open Synod Forum
This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in 2020

Saturday 16 May 2020
Formal Synod
Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School
Silverton Lane, Rothbury
(NB: please note earlier start time!)
Monday 20 July 2020
Open Forum Finance Synod
Kingston Park St John the Evangelist18:0018:30
Saturday 26 September 2020
Formal Synod
venue to be confirmed09:3010:00
Saturday 28 November 2020
Open Synod Forum
to be advised09:3010:00

Updated 13 March: Postponement of the Environment Open Synod Forum which was due to be held on 21 March

We were due to hold an Open Synod Forum on Saturday 21st March at the Northumberland Church of England Academy and the Bishop’s Officer for the Environment, the Revd Mark Nash-Williams, had pulled together a super agenda and workshops to help us focus our efforts on how we respond to environmental issues that we face.

However, as you may also appreciate, we are facing a more pressing issue in the form of coronavirus and how we respond to the ever changing situation. We have therefore taken the decision to postpone this Open Synod Forum until later this year.

Thank you to all who have worked with Mark to prepare for this Open Synod Forum. We will circulate a new date as soon as we have that confirmed.

Resources from previous meetings

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. The meeting was supported by the following papers:

Paper numberItemComment
DS19 19Agenda for 23 November
DS19 20Minute of meeting held on 28 Septemberagreed 23/11/2019
DS19 21 Proposed budget 2020agreed 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 numberItemComment
DS19 13Agenda
DS19 14Minutes of a meeting held on 11 May 2019agreed 28/09/2019
DS19 15Proposed Environmental Policyagreed 28/08/2019
DS19 16Budget 2020-2022: discussion document
DS19 17Amending Canon No 39
Supporting Items
DS19 09Presidential Address 11 May 2019
DS19 10Budget Consultation 2020-2022
PRSG19 05Parish 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 the 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 numberItemComment
DS19 11Programme for 22 July Open Synod Finance Forum
DS19 10Budget Consultation 2020-2022
DS19 12APoints raised during first part of the meeting
DS19 12BPoints raised during the second part of the meeting
DS19 12CCrucial 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 NumberItemComment
Bishop Christine's Presidential AddressListen using this link
DS19 09Transcript of the Presidential Address
DS19 01Agenda
DS19 02Minutes of a meeting held on 20 October 2018
DS19 03Annual Report & Financial Statements 2018
DS19 03ASummary Financial Statement
DS19 04Annual Report 2018
DS19 05Going for Green (flyer tabled at Synod)
DS19 06Copy of Education Presentation (item 7)listen using this link
DS19 07Copy of Finance Presentation (item 8)listen using this link
DS19 08Copy of Environment Presentation (item 11)listen using this link
DS19 08AVideo 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.

Paper NumberDescription
DS18 12Agenda for 20th October
DS18 13Minute of 28th April 2018
DS18 14Proposed Budget 2019
DS18 22Safeguarding 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 24th July 2018

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

Paper referenceItem Description
AUDIOSound recording taken at the Synod
DS18 03Agenda
DS18 04Minutes of a meeting held on 30 September 2018
DS18 05Financial Statements 2017
DS18 05aSummary Financial Statement for 2017
DS18 06Contingency Budget Planning 2018
DS18 07Annual Reports 2017
DS18 08Elections to Diocesan Synod 2018
DS18 09AUpdate: Resource Church for Diocese of Newcastle
DS18 09BMission Strategy
DS18 09CChurch Planting Strategy
Misc. ItemPowerPoint Slides to support Item 9.1 General Synod Report
Misc. ItemAmending Canons 36 and 37 to support Item 9.2
Misc. Item

Briefing note: West Tyne Schools informal consultation


An Open Synod Forum to receive an update about Growing Church Bringing Hope was held on Saturday 24 March. Over 120 people gathered at the Northumberland Church of England Academy at Ashington to hear about progress with Growing Church Bringing Hope and to meet the Revd Ben Doolan who has been appointed to lead the Diocesan Resource Church (see the news article using this link)
Paper ReferenceItem DescriptionLink to sound recording
Link to full sound recordingMain Sound File
Welcome & WorshipSound file 1
Introduction to the ForumSound file 2
Bishop Christine and Ben DoolanSound file 3
Update on the 5 StrandsSound file 4
Common Ground in Sacred SpaceSound file 5
Church Planting Strategy (presentation)Sound file 6
Church Planting (plenary session)Sound file 7
DS18 01Diocesan Resource ChurchSound file 8
DS18 02Resourcing ClustersSound file 9
Closing PrayersSound file 10
Rural StrandRural Strand Strategy Paper

Diocesan Synod held on Saturday 30th September 2017

A meeting was held at the Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington NE63 9RY. A full set of sound recordings from the meeting are available using this link or you may select the individual items from the the table below.

PaperItem Description
Item 1Welcome and worship (sound recording)
Items 2-6Opening Business (sound recording)
Item 7Presidential Address: Bishop of Newcastle (sound recording)
Item 8Setting God's People Free (presentation) (sound recording)
Item 8Setting God's People Free (response) (sound recording)
Item 9Progress with Growing Church Bringing Hope (sound recording)
Item 10Budget 2018 (sound recording)
Items 11-12Synodical Business (sound recording)
Final prayerClosing Prayer (sound recording)
DS17 10Agenda 30 September 2017
DS17 11Minutes of the Diocesan Synod held on 20 May 2017
DS17 12Agenda Item 10: Budget proposal 2018
DS17 12BAgenda Item 10: Accompanying paper to DS17 12
DS17 13Agenda Item 11: Elections to Diocesan Synod 2018
DS17 14Agenda Item 8: Setting God's People Free (summary report)
DS17 14AAgenda Item 8: Setting God's People Free (precis)
GS2056Agenda Item 8: Setting God's People Free (full report)

Budget Consultation 2018: Have your say

A consultative meeting of the Diocesan Synod was held on Monday 24 July to begin the Budget Consultation for 2018.Papers supporting the consultation are available below together with sound recordings

PaperItem Description
DS17 09Budget Consultation 2018
DS17 09BBudget Consultation 2018 Parish Share Projection
VisionSound recording of Bishop Christine's presentation
Plenary 1Feedback from table discussions about the VISION
BudgetSimon Harper's presentation (Chair of the Board of Finance)
Plenary 2Feedback from table discussions about the BUDGET
Parish ShareLiz Kerry's presentation (Vice Chair, Board of Finance)
Plenary 3Feeback from the table discussions about PARISH SHARE

Responding to the Budget Consultation

You are invited to engage with the consultation process and should you wish to offer comments or proposals for the Finance Group to consider please address these, by 10 September 2017 to:

E-mail: info@newcastle.anglican.org

Post: Budget 2018 Consultation, Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields NE29 6HS (for attention of Shane Waddle)

Diocesan Synod Archive

Use this link to visit the Synod Archive: see information from previous meetings of the Diocesan Synod