Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.
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 post carries an occupational requirement to be Ordained Communicant Anglican priest, in good standing in the Church of England (in accordance with the Equality Act 2010).
An enhanced DBS check will be required.
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 rest of the General Synod quinquennium until July 2026, subject to a probationary period of two groups of Synod sessions.
For an informal conversation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews will be held w/c 13th February 2023.
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 four 4-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.
In the National Church Institutions (NCIs), we support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. We work with parishes, dioceses, schools, chaplaincies and other ministries, and with national and international partners including mission agencies, and other denominations and faith groups.-.
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Our emerging values
We welcome everyone and we accept and value people for who they are and what they contribute, treating others in the way we would wish to be treated ourselves. We actively listen to and include others, encouraging and enabling everyone’s voice to be heard in discussions and decisions. When we disagree, we aim to disagree well with respect and kindness.
We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people. Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we’re looking for then we would like to hear from you. If there is anything we can do to support you in your application please get in touch via email to email@example.com.