Report of North Downs Deanery Open Synod in Hollingbourne Village Hall.

A an open Synod of the North Downs Deanery which includes All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne was held in Hollingbourne Village Hall. A report of the evening appears below. The evening was open to all.


Notes of  meeting of North Downs Deanery Synod in Hollingbourne Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 14 March 2019

1​. Welcome and Opening Worship.

This was led by Philip Goode. Vicar of  Boughton Monchelsea

2. Notices

2.1 Diocesan Synod Representative -Peter Reid was thanked for his service as Diocesan Synod representative and has stepped down from this role. There is therefore a lay member  member vacancy.

2.2 The Area Dean thanked Rev,Melissa Carter for her service as curate and congratulated her on her appointment as Team Vicar within the Dover  Team Licencing 5 September 2019

2.3 All welcome to the Bearsted Lent   talks on Wednesdays at 11 am an 8 pm and Lenham  Lent  talks at 7 pm. Details available on Church websites.

2.4 Intercessions Calendar promoted, more info on it.

3. Diocesan Strategy and Consultations Update from March 2018

The Diocesan Secretary, Julian Hills and the Archdeacon of Maidstone gave an update on the Consultations.

3.1. Difficult financial year, 2019 painful budget.

3.2 250 parishes provide 90% of Diocesan Budget. Approx 75% of Budget spent on parish ministry and church buildings.

3.3. Parish share up 5.3%, weekly attendance down 6 %. Therefore each individual attendee needs to increase their individual share by 12% . This against wage rises in order of 3%.

3.4 Crucial Objectives – growth spiritual and numerical.

3.5 Diocesan Level expenditure 75% on Ministry and Training; increase in new younger ordinands, however 50% of clergy due to retire within next 5 years.

3.6 C of E established church, a presence in each community – will not necessarily be with a church building.

3.7 The Archdeacon led a discussion on what was hoped to be achieved – see attached. There was a general discussion, to look at the future, more laity involved in ministry, not necessarily a weekly Eucharist in churches. Emphasis on working in schools. Some examples of Church’s with good worshipping congregations, eg. Seasalter

4.  The meeting closed with Prayer. 

Jo Horton ( Deanery synod representative). 14 March 2019

The computer presentations can be download below:

Page 1 2019_03_14-18-41-50.pdf (63 downloads)

Page 2 2019_03_14-16-01-54-1.pdf (61 downloads)

Page 3 2019_03_14-16-02-58.pdf (59 downloads)


Pictured below is All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne.

All Saints’ Hollingbourne Church in Hollingbourne.