General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Thursday 11th February 2010 AM
ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE METHODIST CONFERENCE
The Archbishop of Canterbury invited the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd David Gamble, and the Vice-President, Dr Richard Vautrey, to address the Synod. Their address, on the Covenant between the two Churches, was followed by questions from Members.
The Rt Revd Graham Cray, Archbishops' Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions, gave a presentation updating the Synod on progress since the Mission-shaped Church report of 2004.
REALISING THE MISSIONARY POTENTIAL OF CHURCH BUILDINGS: PRESENTATION BY THE CATHEDRAL AND CHURCH BUILDINGS DIVISION ( GS 1767)
The Bishop of London and Mrs Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings Council, gave a presentation.
DIOCESAN SYNOD MOTIONS: REPAIR OF CHURCH BUILDINGS ( GS 1768)
The Ven Peter Burrows moved a motion, and following debate the motion was amended; and was carried by the Synod in the following amended form:
'That this Synod, recognizing that:
(a) church buildings are an important part of our national heritage and provide not only a spiritual focus for worship and pilgrimage but in many cases also play a vital role as community meeting places, visitor centres and spaces for the wider celebration of the arts;
(b) many volunteers raise large sums of money to help sustain this heritage;
(c) English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and grant making trusts make a valuable contribution towards the cost of repairing church buildings; but
(d) the national backlog of church building repairs is still of great magnitude,
welcome the contribution made to church building repairs by the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, and call on HM Government to:
(i) substantially increase the amount of money available for the repair of listed church buildings; and
(ii) give an early commitment to continuing beyond March 2011 the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.'