Draft Minutes of the last Meeting
Redenhall Deanery Synod
Minutes of a meeting of Synod on 12th October 2017,
in St Mary’s Church, Pulham Market.
Present: The Rural Dean & 6 clergy; the Lay Chair & 26 laity, and 1 visitor.
Apologies: were received from one clerical and two lay members.
1. Opening Worship: was led by the Revd Paul Schwier, using modern technology, encouraging everyone to give thanks for so much.
2. Lay Chair, Frank Allen welcomed everyone, including guest speaker Julian Bryant, from Christian Aid.
3. The Minutes of the meeting on 12th July 2017 were agreed and signed.
4. Matters arising on the Minutes: 4.1 Church Army Centre for Mission: Canon Nigel Tuffnell said that lead evangelist Trevor Clarke, would be licensed at Dickleburgh on Tuesday 31st October at 7.30pm. It would be really good to have members from across the deanery present to welcome him. 4.2 Ideas for Synods: Frank Allen reminded members that ideas, questions or suggestions for Synod meetings are always welcome. Just e-mail, or write to the rural dean or secretary, a couple of months before a meeting.
5. Correspondence & Notices: There was no correspondence to report, but several notices about events across the deanery. Details are appended to the Minutes in the Deanery Diary, so do please have a good look!
6. Christian Aid: The Rural Dean gave a very warm welcome to Julian Bryant, our local organising representative, committed to putting the Gospel into practice, and paid tribute to all Julian’s help with local efforts, e.g.Marion Courtney’s head shave at Harleston.
Julian began by emphasising that his volunteering activities, both public and private, are a response to God’s call; anyone in need is a friend to be helped. This is the commitment of Christian Aid, there for all nations. (see Leviticus19, v 33 & 34.) One of their main areas for action is Refugee relief, wherever there is need - the need is great. On 9.11.2001 about 3,000 died in New York, the same day that 20,000 other innocents died worldwide, to much less outrage & publicity. Christian Aid tries to redress the balance. Among the worst recent tragedies is the civil war in Syria, which started as a fairly peaceful protest against injustice, but escalated exponentially, exacerbated by the involvement of terrorists such a ‘Isis’ . The moving stories of three sufferers, read by synod members, showed that every statistic is a real person, loved by God. Do please PRAY for them/
Worldwide, 85% of refugees, over half of them children, are cared for by the poorest countries. Christian Aid is in the forefront of care, providing blankets, education, cash & vouchers for food and fuel, supporting the local economy wherever possible, rather than handing out goods. He gave examples – the crisis in Burma, the Bangladesh floods, E African famine. Christian Aid also helps indigenous groups, to become self sufficient, e.g. providing fleeceless sheep and husbandry training to villagers in the Amazon rain forest. In other places, Christian Aid supplies drought resistant seeds and teaching about irrigation. And so the examples grow. Ref Matthew 25, v 33-6.
Christian Aid Week raises over £8 million, a tremendous boost, but declining, due to so many other demands. Grateful thanks for local support. Synod members were assured of any help needed – e.g. fund raising envelopes, or help with one off events. If Christians stand together, waste less, there is sufficient for all. Do get in touch with Julian, or www.christianaidministries.org
During Q and A, the problem of requests from many charities was acknowledged. NB to help with the biggest crises, use DEC, the disasters emergency committee.
The example of rich Saudi Arabia not helping muslim refugees was aired. We must pray for a change of heart.
The core costs of Christian Aid are kept as low as possible, at 15%. It is important to fund raise and raise awareness; each £1 spent generates £8. Frank Allen thanked Julian warmly for a very thought provoking presentation.
7. Finance: the latest printout from the diocese is appended to these minutes. The Rural Dean commended the efforts in the parishes.
8. AOB: Please look carefully at all the events in the deanery diary.
Frank Allen thanked the local team for their warm welcome and hospitality.
9. Date of next meeting: Wednesday 21st March in St John’s Church, Harleston. Trevor Clarke, CA Evangelist, will be asked to share first impressions of the area. NB Date change – church already booked for 20th.
Concluding Worship was led by Paul Schwier.
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North Lopham: 25th to 30th October; Knitted Bible Festival in church:,11 to 5.
Refreshments, activities crafts & preserves.
Starston: 3rd November’: Coffee Morning for Christian Aid: Starston Grange, Sue Grimble’s home, IP20 9NH, tel:01379 852819 Christmas gifts etc etc
Dickleburgh Church: 24th – 26th November: Tree of Life Celebration, with lights, trees; Celebration music prayers & stories on Sunday at 4pm.
Denton Church: Friday 8th -10th December: Festival of Angels; 10 to 4: Opening Friday 8th 7 – 8pm; Celebration with Bp Graham on Sunday 10am.