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Draft Minutes of the last Meeting

 Redenhall Deanery Synod

Minutes of a meeting of Synod on 21st March, 2018

in St John’s Church, Harleston.

Present: The Rural Dean & 6 clergy; the Lay Chair & 26 laity, plus 7 visitors.  

Apologies: were received from one clerical and seven lay members.


1. Opening Worship: was led by Canon N Tuffnell, Rural Dean.

2. Personalia: The Revd Wendy Evans, Team Vicar in the Diss Team, is to retire at the end of April, for health reasons. She will be missed by both clergy & laity. Members wish her well for retirement in Thetford.

3. The Minutes of the meeting on 12th October 2017 were agreed & signed.  

4. Matters arising on the Minutes: 4.1 Pulhams/Dickleburgh: Sadly, there were no applicants for the recent advert for the. vacancy We continue to pray for the parishes, that they do not lose heart, and for the right person to come forward to lead them into the future.


5. Correspondence & Notices: All benefices have been notified of the arrangements for the Central Visitation on 15th May and the procedures  which must be followed for electing churchwardens.  (Safeguarding rules)

Data protection forms must also be completed by members of PCCs.  

Diocesan Synod elections are due this summer; deanery synod members are the electorate, so please ensure that we have your correct address, and

e-mail if applicable.

6. Captain Trevor Clerke, Lead Evangelist for the CA Centre for Mission, based round Harleston, but for the whole deanery, was warmly welcomed by members. Trevor outlined his previous ministry as a pioneer evangelist in Greenwich. South-east London is urban and therefore different from rural life, but there are many similarities; both urban & rural have affluence and poverty.  He described how a ministry working through shared experience is a better way of building relationships than one that tries to teach directly.

He is working with Tim Yau, Mission enabler, and making contacts through other groups, e.g. the Cabin for Youth in Harleston and the church tent at the Royal Norfolk Show, as well as the benefices in the deanery.

Trevor uses very ordinary aids to get folk thinking and talking, e.g. jelly beans to explore notions about God. One important resource is Faith Pictures. These can be used anywhere to create an image or metaphor that sticks in the mind, enabling discussion with others. He showed a video with many examples, and encouraged synod members to join sessions in Harleston church and a local pub in May/June.  (also ref:

Trevor is in the deanery to help with any aspect of mission in the parishes, and urged members to get in touch when he can be of use.

Members shared experiences, both after Trevor’s presentation and after the close of the meeting, and look forward to getting to know him better.

7. 1 Finance. All parishes were thanked for working to pay as much Parish Share as they were able in 2017. The Earsham benefice and Diss Team Ministry were congratulated on making 100% of the sum asked.

7.2 News from Diocesan Synod on 17th March: Jennie Vere reported that Canon Ian Bentley, a previous rector of Earsham, has been appointed as next Archdeacon of Lynn. A Children Youth & Families presentation showed how Mission Strategy 2021 is putting money into training youth leaders, and also putting funding into selected secondary schools plus an identified smaller parish. The benefits gained will be cascaded across the diocese.  

The Anglican Methodist covenant is making significant moves towards closer unity, including finding ways for the Methodist church to embrace episcopal ordination. New General Synod member Andrew Grey has begun a campaign to reduce homelessness, starting in Norwich.

8. Safeguarding: New Safeguarding requirements are being established across the diocese, with immediate effect. Included is the necessity for all PCC members to have basic training, not just church officers, plus all    with regular contact with either children or vulnerable adults. To help with this, it has been agreed that the summer synod will be a training session, led by Bishop’s Officer, Sue Brice. Synod members who have already had this training will know how useful the session is (and will not need to attend!) The meeting will be open to all parishes, but on a first come, first served basis, so please make it known, and ask those who wish to come to St Mary’s Hall, Diss, on Thursday 5th July, 6.30 for 7pm start, to register with Jennie as soon as possible. Numbers will be limited.  Contact details are appended.

Please note also that the General Data Protection Regulation takes effect from 25th May. Training for this is available through the diocese, or on line.

 9. AOB: The deanery diary is a way of advertising any festivals or major events. Send details to Jennie for inclusion with the next mailing.

10. Date of next meeting: Thursday 5th July at St Mary’s Hall, Diss, 6.30 for 7pm: SAFEGUARDING basis training.  Open to church members.

Concluding Worship was led by the Rural Dean, who thanked Trevor Clarke for his presentation, and the local team for their hospitality.