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A Church of the Caterham Team Ministry: Caterham Deanery - Diocese of Southwark - Church of England
Annual Report – Deanery Synod

At the beginning of this year our Deanery Synod team changed, with it now being made up of the following members:

  • Geoff Izzard: Deanery Leadership Team, Diocesan Synod Member
  • Mary Clair Kelly: Deanery Synod Representative
  • Maria Dehandschutter: Deanery Synod Representative
  • Tim Smart: Deanery Synod Representative

We have had three face to face meetings over the last year, the first being an introduction for new Deanery Synod members, and the second being a training session. However, the third meeting was the most interesting because St Mary’s chose to host the event. We had over 60 attendees come to St Mary’s, and we held our standard “business meeting” in St Lawrence’s before having a short service led by Free Spirit.

After the service we came back across to the St Paul’s centre where our team facilitated a set of discussions on how the Deanery Synod could become more proactive in working together across the many parishes across the Deanery. This was only the first step in a longer-term process, but the whole session was very well received by everyone that attended.

My place on the Deanery Synod was extended due to my position on the Diocesan Synod, but that is due to be up this year, and as I am moving away in the summer, I will be standing down from the Deaney Synod at the APCM to allow someone else to represent St Mary’s.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Deanery Synod team from St Mary’s all the best for the next year and beyond.

Geoff Izzard
Verger, St Mary’s Caterham
DLT, Deanery & Diocesan Synod representative

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