Diocesan synod


This is the democratically elected decision-making body of the diocese which sets policy and guides activity in the diocese with the Bishop, it is a 'sort of' a parlicament for the diocese.

Its membership is comprised both clergy and laity, representing the 18 deaneries in the diocese. Synod members are elected for a period of three years, beginning on 1 August in the year of their election. Diocesan Synod:

  • Considers issues concerning the Church of England and makes provisions for such matters in relation to the diocese.
  • Considers and expresses its opinion on any other matters of religious or public interest.
  • Advises the Bishop on any matters on which he may consult the Synod.
  • Considers and expresses opinion on any matters referred to it by the General Synod – the ruling body of the Church of England – and in particular approves or disapproves provisions referred to Diocesan Synod under Article 8 of the General Synod Constitution.

Next Diocesan synod dates:

The Diocesan Synods of March and June 2020 have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.  The next Synod date is Saturday 3 October 2020 and we will advise details for this event nearer the time.

General downloads

Guide to Diocesan Synod | PDF

Standing Orders | PDF

Standing Orders for House of Clergy | PDF

Standing Orders for House of Laity | PDF

Final membership list 2018 - 2021 | PDF