General Synod approves Channel Islands legislation


The General Synod of The Church of England has approved recommendations by the Archbishop’s Commission on the relationship of the Channel Islands to the wider Church of England.
The Deans of Jersey and the Bishop of Salisbury in conversation Ash Mills

The report, published in October 2019, includes a recommendation for Episcopal oversight of the Islands to be transferred to the Bishop of Salisbury. 

Members of Synod, including the Dean of Guernsey and the Bishop of Winchester, spoke in favour of the motion. The Dean of Guernsey said the motion had widespread support in the Islands.  

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said: “I'm delighted the Synod has endorsed the proposal that the Islands should be attached to the Diocese of Salisbury.

"This will now go forward to the next stage including consideration by the Island authorities, with a view to approval by the Privy Council later this year.”


(Photo: The Bishop of Salisbury with the Deans of Jersey and Guernsey)