The Synod was once again Held at the Hotel La Zenia, Orihuela Costa, about 35 minutes drive from Alicante.
The Synod opened with a Eucharist at 18:00hrs on the Tuesday. This service also included the admittance of 2 Readers in the Torrevieja Chaplaincy & the Chaplain of Madrid being collated as a Canon to the Pro Cathedral in Malta.
The 1st Business session then followed.
Introductions & welcomes to visitors, new clergy & Reps. A Minutes silence was observed for Bishop Geoffrey Rowell & a Rep from the Algarve Chaplaincy. Apologies for Absence, Domestic & procedural matters, Confirmation of the Minutes of 2017 & any matters arising. The Financial Report & Diocesan & General Synod Reports. Election of a Lay Vice Chair, Treasurer & Secretary.
It was decided in the Financial section that the Archdeaconry Fund will be set at £2,14p per Electoral Roll Member. The Archdeaconry Support Fund will be set at £2,00p per Electoral Roll Member. The payment we make to the Ministerial Development Fund is £200,00p for every member of Clergy & Readers within the Parish.
Every morning begins with Morning Prayer at 08:30hrs followed by breakfast.
This is followed by the Bible Study.
Following the refreshment break, there was a very controversial item of the new Diocesan Financial Plan given by the Interim Diocesan Secretary & Bishop Robert. This Report outlined the Need to increase the amount every Parish pays to the Diocese over the period of the next 3 years to cover the costs which will be needed.
The Revd. Deacon Christine Saccali gave a presentation on the Crisis of the Anglican Church in Greece following the vast movement of People through Europe.
The Eucharist that evening was Held in the local Parish Church.
A very enlightening Speaker was Bishop Jorge Luis Aguilar from the Anglican Diocese of Peru. The Archdeaconry has held close ties with Peru for many years. He gave a very heart wrenching report of his life in Peru and how he became Bishop.
The Spanish section held ist usual annual Meeting.
The Diocesan Strategy was discussed, this was led by David Coulston.
A very tiring 3 days as always with excellent visitors giving involved Reports on a wide range of subjects.
You can download the 2016 Archdeaconry Synod Report here.