It’s our last Synod of the year on Thursday this week (16th October 7.30 at St Michael’s Without) and there will be the annual elections for Secretary and DSPC members.
The dates for next year’s meeting have been set and are as follows:
SYNOD DATES (7.30pm)
- Tuesday 10th March
- Wednesday 24th June
- Thursday 22nd October
- Monday 9th Feb (10-12)
- Tuesday 14th April (12-2)
- Wednesday 17th June (10-12)
- Thursday 10th September (12-2)
- Monday 2nd November (10-12)
ACHDEACON’S VISITATION (inhibited in 2015)
- Monday 9th February
- Monday 18th May
- Monday 7th September
- Monday 9th November
Retired Clergy Lunch – Thursday 5th March
Active Clergy Supper – Thursday 2nd July
Clergy Advent Retreat – Tuesday 17th November
Here are some great videos of some things going on across the deanery…
Enjoy : )
and a great picture of Rob Popejoy – Chaplain at City of Bath College preaching in the Abbey… including a selfie
You can listen to his talk here
The Revd Martin Lloyd-Williams, Rural Dean of Bath
warmly invites you to
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD?
A Conversation about Same Sex Relationships
An evening presented by The Dean of Wells
The Very Revd John Clarke,
at St Michael’s Without, Bath
Thursday 9th October 2014
Dean John has been presenting this evening throughout the diocese, and now comes to Bath to lead us in conversation on one of the important issues facing the church.
Given social and theological change over the past fifty years, what are the challenges to Christian thinking on homosexuality, behaviour and practice? Is there a case for re-evaluation, or is established praxis something to have and to hold? How might the Spirit be leading us as we seek God’s Kingdom in love together?
The evening will include a presentation, and time for thoughts and questions. Refreshments will be provided. It finish at around 9pm.
It’s a new term and there are a number of Alpha courses starting up around the city. Here is a short video introducing the one Simon Flint is running at All Saint’s Weston starting next week with a taster evening.
In our goal of seeing hundreds more people becoming disciples across the city and our whole community transformed by God’s loving rule we are keen aware of the need to support LEADERSHIP at every level of church life. In this regard there are two exciting developments that are taking root over the next few months – HUDDLES and LEARNING COMMUNITIES.
A HUDDLE is a group of two or three leaders meeting to support one another in their leadership role assisted by the help of a facilitator to help us prioritise the important over the urgent, keep our plans on track, and encourage us and help maintain the focus on making and growing disciples. Meeting
The second idea is about supporting the key leadership team in our churches and participating with them in a LEARNING COMMUNITY with others from across the deanery. This is not a course, conference or programme but is about joining with others to clarify your church vision, set goals and find encouragement from others on the same journey over an 18 month period. Run by Chris Stoddard and Nick Cuthbert from LEAD ACADEMY the focus of the journey will be on the key issues of purpose, culture, leadership, discipleship and mission.
For more information contact Richard Wilson (St Michael’s Twerton)
We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Peter Hancock to the deanery at our June synod meeting at Holy Trinity Combe Down. It will be an exciting evening of worship and conversation. Starting at 7.30pm the evening will begin with us breaking bread together and Bishop Peter will be both presiding and preaching and following this he will be answering questions and sharing his hope and dreams for the coming years.
An opportunity to meet as many as possible from across the deanery synod representatives will be joined by others from churches who will have been invited to attend and we expect the church to be full. Please arrive promptly from 7pm so that the service can start on time.
If you have any questions you’d like to ask please send them in to Martin Lloyd Williams to Jeremy Key-Pugh by email which will give us the chance to group them into a sensible order and give Bishop Peter an opportunity to have a think beforehand.
Synod 18th June
Holy Trinity Combe Down
Arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm Eucharist
Finish time will be around 9.30pm
Take a look at this great video from Swainswick which tells the story of a great idea that Joyce Williams has initiated. It’s all about creating community and connection and making use of the resources we already have to deepen relationships with our neighbours.
Just as we have been together these past few occasions, the General Synod will be discussing discipleship and a paper has been written in preparation for their conversation. It’s a great read and you can download it here:
GS Misc 1054 – Making New disciples A5
The next meeting of the Bath Deanery Synod is being held at St Luke’s Church, Wellsway, on 26 June at 7.30pm courtesy of the vicar, Revd Matthew Frankum.
Please note – the meeting is being held in the church itself not in the church centre.
1. Opening worship
2. Introduction to St Luke’s Church
3. Short Presentation on the Romance Academy by Bath Youth for Christ
4. Speaker: David Lawrence from the organisation Inspire
5. Questions for David Lawrence and discussion
6. Deanery business and notices
7. Closing prayers
Please send notification of apologies for absence to Lisa Ware firstname.lastname@example.org
We really look forward to seeing you there.
Chaplain to City of Bath FE College
(P/T 12hrs week, term time only)
Two-year fixed term
The Bath Deanery is seeking to appoint a Christian Chaplain to develop a multi-faith chaplaincy team in partnership with the City of Bath FE College providing support to those of all faiths and none, both students and staff. This is an exciting opportunity to build a team to offer pastoral care, to support the spiritual, moral and social development of students, to build links with the wider faith community in and around Bath, and to provide opportunities for the recognition and celebration of key events in the life of the College.
Closing date: Friday 30th November
Interview Date: Thursday 13th December
For more information, job description, person specification and application form, please email:
Rev Richard Wilson
Assistant Rural Dean
St Michael’s Church, Twerton