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The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, authorizes new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level. Worship and prayer at General Synod are integral to its activities, distinguishing this body from its secular counterparts.
The Archbishops in their roles as joint Presidents of the General Synod are responsible for Synod worship, delivered via a Chaplain who works with both Synod members and volunteers to carry out this work. As the legislative body of the Established Church of England, the worship which takes place at General Synod is intended to be closely integrated with and supportive of the formal business being conducted at each Group of Sessions, as well as representative of the wide range of traditions within the Church.
As Chaplain to the General Synod, you will be a non-Synod member who will support the spiritual life of the Synod at its meetings.
You will plan, produce and oversee the delivery of all elements of worship at General Synod, including daily formal worship in the Synod chamber, daily services of Holy Communion, the Continuous Praying Presence and any other services/acts of worship at Synod or in the margins.
Since September 2020, the Synod has the option of meeting remotely under the Remote Meetings Measure. At such meetings you will provide broadcast and other worship materials to support the spiritual life of Synod.
This is a pro bono post. Accommodation will be provided if required, for York and London Synods together with reasonable travel expenses.
The post is offered for the period of the 2021-2026 General Synod Quinquennium, subject to a probationary period of two groups of Synod sessions.
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Interviews will be held on the 28th May 2021 remotely, using Zoom.
Ensuring that worship at each Group of Sessions of Synod enriches members’ experience and brings the service of Christ to the detail of church business, while encouraging a dependency of faith and trust. This will require the imaginative inclusion of a broad range of worship traditions. In practical terms this involves:
You will be available to attend General Synod groups of sessions in London and York, including arriving early where necessary to organise worship arrangements. Time commitment to include up to 4 days in London in February and 5-6 days in York, arriving 1 day in advance of the start of the York group of sessions. On occasion there may be an additional Synod for 3 days in November outside inaugural sessions.
You will attend up to 4 1-hour meetings of the Business Committee in March, May, September and December with preparation time as necessary, between these meetings.
Total: up to 20 days a year in attendance plus preparation time.
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