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Last year we had three Synod meetings looking at the Diocesan priorities. The first was at All Saints Church, Hertford, on 1st May with the Hertford Archdeaconry’s Fresh Expressions Officer, Revd Alison Jackson. We look forward to hearing more news of how God is using new ways to reach new people. The second was at St Mary’s, Ware, on 11th July to hear the Diocesan Children’s Mission Enabler, Margaret Pritchard-Houston.
The third meeting was at Christ Church, Ware, on 22nd October when we were led in discussion by Revd Canon Andrew Holford from the Diocesan Liturgical Committee. We considered how we might improve the quality of our worship. Our next step is to agree how we might work together as a whole Deanery towards one of these Diocesan priorities. This decision will then determine the future topics for our Synod meetings and programme.
This year, in our February meeting, we considered our responsibilities towards the environment with the help of Andy Lester from the Christian Environmental charity a Rocha. This was an excellent presentation. It was followed up in our meeting of 14th May with a brief presentation of how Christ Church, Ware, have been engaged with the Eco-Church project.
The main subject matter of the May meeting was how we can best minister to and with “the elderly”, with an encouraging presentation about the dementia-friendly service at St Andrew’s, Hertford, and some stimulating thoughts about church life from an elderly person’s perspective.
Our summer meeting was a largely social event with a meal at High Leigh Conference Centre with a recap on any changes our churches have introduced since the presentation on Worship last autumn. The next meeting is in December, when we welcome Revd Tim Bull, Diocesan Director of Ministry, who will be speaking to us about Lay Ministry and training. Do check the calendar for up to date details of all the meetings.