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Wise Ones From The East In Woking

Members of the Eastern Archdeaconry Synod, the largest geographical area in the Diocese, have been meeting in the Surrey town of Woking.

Representatives of churches from countries including Austria, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Hungary Greece, Turkey and Romania as well as the countries of the former Soviet Union who often work many miles away from other Anglican churches were able to share fellowship and experiences and to gain important information for their scattered congregations.

Canon Meurig Williams led two Bible Studies and members of the Diocesan staff were on hand to explain their work and new developments.

Michael Hart who chairs the Board of Finance explained the economic background to diocesan life and Catherine Jackson (pictured below) explained the process of appointing new clergy with some helpful hints about how to make the experience as pain free and rapid as possible.

A presentation by Canon William Gulliford about the diverse work of the ministry team was followed by guidance on how churches can communicate more effectively. The final presentation featured how the Diocesan Safeguarding policy is being implemented with the emphasis on proper procedures for local Safeguarding officers, Identity checkers and recruitment of volunteers.

Each congregation brought a short formal report on their mission and ministry with special mention of blessings and concerns for prayer support.

 Catherine Jackson Eastern Synod