Diocesan Synod will gather using Zoom for an informal meeting, their first since lockdown. Synod members have been invited to the session in the evening of 8 July. Those who are not used to using the video conference tool have been offered Zoom Basic Training for Synod. (Zoom training is also on offer to the wider diocesan community, for dates see the diocesan website’s event calendar).
Bishop Peter says, “Although this is not a formal meeting of Diocesan Synod, we felt it was important in these current times for Synod to come together. Covid-19 has impacted profoundly on the life and mission of the church across the diocese so in order to discern how to respond faithfully to God in these times, we have embarked on a listening exercise to gather a wide range of perspectives from across the diocese so that we can discern God’s mission and join in!
“We need to capture examples of what we have learnt, what we have lost and also what we may have gained. We have seen some wonderful examples of churches gaining new skills with technology to help them serve their communities and I know that Synod members will also rise to the challenge of this new way of meeting.”
Synod members planning to attend should register on the Diocesan Synod page of the website, where they can also request to attend the Zoom training.