By Diane Ives Lewis
At the 2012 Synod we were told that it was time to drink from the Wellspring, and as we do that, to break camp and move out together – refreshed, renewed and reborn. We were reminded that we need to take very seriously who we are as individual Christians, but more importantly, who we are together – a community of Christian disciples on a journey together, engaged with the world around us. Building on this theme, 2014 will continue to explore the 3 Ds of discipleship – discover disciples – develop disciples – deploy disciples. On October 16 to 18, delegates, both lay and clergy, will come together to worship, sing, pray, listen, discuss, collaborate and make decisions for God’s Church in this Diocese.
For several months now, the Synod Agenda Committee has been meeting to plan for this event.
For several months now, the Synod Agenda Committee, chaired by Diane Ives Lewis, has been meeting to plan for this event. Synod begins with an opening service at St John’s Cathedral on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm. Everyone in the Diocese – whether participating in other Synod activities or not – is invited to attend this service.
For the two following days – October 17 and 18 – Synod sittings will take place at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church (NKMB). We use this facility because there is no Anglican parish with sufficient hall and kitchen space, office space and parking to accommodate the approximately 250 delegates and guests that we anticipate will be in attendance. NKMB meets our needs fully.
In addition to delegates from our own Diocese, we will be welcoming guests from the Southern Region of the Diocese of Keewatin. You may remember that this region will soon become part of Rupert’s Land. We would like to offer billets both for these attendees and for any rural delegates who require it. If you are able to offer hospitality in your home to one or more individuals – please contact the Diocesan office.
If you are able to offer hospitality in your home to one or more individuals – please contact the Diocesan office.
Hospitality is an important part of Synod. We have secured the professional catering services of a parishioner from the Parish of St James, Winnipeg. Diocesan volunteers will assist the staff in the kitchen, serving snacks and meals. We hope to secure baked goods from local schools as in the past. Purchasing some of our food requirements in this way achieves two goals: good food at reasonable prices; and a contribution to students’ education. Both the catering service and the local schools are able to accommodate special dietary needs.
While Synod requires the participation of parish clergy and elected lay delegates, observers are most welcome. Observers at the Friday and Saturday sittings are asked to register on arrival at NKMB and to sit in the designated area of the hall. These folk are welcome to share in snacks and meals for a small fee.
all members of the Diocese are encouraged to remember Synod in prayer
As plans for this year’s Synod continue to be developed, all members of the Diocese are encouraged to remember in prayer:
- Those involved in planning the Synod
- Delegates, as they prepare to participate with attention and interest
- Our Bishop, as he prepares his address to Synod
Your prayerful support will help to ensure a productive and collaborative Synod, guided by the Spirit in all that is accomplished.
Diane Ives Lewis is Chair of the Synod Agenda Committee.