Report of the 135th Synod (2005) of
The Church in Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
in the Province of The West Indies

Table of Contents

Lord Bishop's Charge
Election, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston
Financial Matters
Education and Youth Department
Mission Concerns
Update on Previous Resolutions
Resolutions
New Appointments
Closing Remarks

The 135th Synod of the Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the Province of the West Indies was held over the period March 29 - April 01, 2005 under the theme "Growing In Christ, Sharing the Love of God". The Synod started with the Service of Evensong at 4:30pm. on Tuesday March 29 at the Parish Church of St. Peter The Apostle, Falmouth, Trelawny, at which the Rector, the Very Rev. Michael Brown officiated.

A combined choir, comprising members from the St. Peter's Church, Falmouth; St James Parish Church, Montego Bay; Holy Trinity Church, Westgate and St. Ann's Parish Church, St. Ann's Bay, under the direction of Mr. Karl Fuller, led the singing in the service and sang the Anthem - "Christ being raised from the Dead."

The Bishop's Charge

Lord Bishop's Charge (Part 1)

In his sermon, the Lord Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Alfred Reid, delivered, the first part of his Charge to Synod and to the nation, based on the Theme "Growing in Christ, Sharing the love of God." This was an extremely powerful and cogent charge to the Diocese, Clergy, Laity and Anglicans in general and was delivered in the usual brilliant style of oratory typical of the Lord Bishop. The Bishop used as his text words from Ephesians 4:vv 15-16 "Speaking the truth in love we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the Head" He asked the Synod to focus on "Growth", - specifically human development as a Christian imperative, "maturity" and progress towards maturity.

In considering the matter of "Growth" he argued that we should not be mesmerized by statistics as the present unprecedented reign of terror and viciousness in Jamaica coincides with phenomenal "Church growth" and it is well known that people join Churches for various reasons, some of which has little or nothing to do with the purposes for which the Church exists. So while we must at all costs be committed to the eternal salvation of every person, we should not become so paranoid about numbers that we are tempted to use the wrong strategies to attract the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Instead, we should seek God's grace and power to become the kind of Church that will be an effective instrument of His redemptive purpose in this sick and suicidal society. Above all we should seek to become "A real church" rather than a "Great Church". Also, there can be no growth or progress for either the individual or the Church without unity, as a house divided against itself is destined to fall. The concern ranges from simple thoughtfulness, loving kindness, forgiveness as well as mutual support and respect within our local congregation, to a larger concern for the breaking down of social, racial, cultural and religious barriers within our society. He also expressed the need for the Church to have a clear, consistent and unified position on social and theological issues, based on the Gospel, to be able to speak with integrity, without being co-opted for partisan and sectional interests.
[The full text of the first part of the Bishop's charge, which was the sermon he delivered at the Tuesday evening service, is available at the church office]

Lord Bishop's Charge (Part 2)

The Lord Bishop in the second part of his charge dealt with news from the Province and wider Anglican Communion, highlighting:

(a) The Windsor Report

  • The continued state of impaired communion with the United States and Canadian Dioceses arising from the appointment of a homosexual Bishop in the Diocese of New Hampshire in the USA and approval of same sex unions in the Diocese of New Westminster in Canada.

  • The “Windsor Report” which outlines the findings on the matter, by the Commission established by the Archbishop of Canterbury to decide whether or how we can continue to be one communion. This he suggested is a “must read”.

  • Following receipt of the Windsor Report, the Primates had requested the Diocese of New Hampshire and the Diocese of New Westminster to explain to the rest of the Communion their rationale and to apologize for the action taken.

  • The Primates of the offending Dioceses agreed to apologize for the hurt caused but not for the action taken. This we find unacceptable.

  • The Primates from Africa, however go further and want repentance rather than apology.

  • While the matter is being resolved, the two Dioceses involved have been asked to withdraw from the Anglican Consultative Council for 3 years in the first instance.

  • In the meantime, “impaired state of communion” will mean in practice that:

    • No clergy person from New Hampshire or New Westminster will be allowed to function or preside at the Eucharist or do any liturgical work in our Diocese until further notice;

    • Clergy from other parts of the USA and Canada will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will be allowed to do liturgical work in our Diocese if they are prepared to state quite specifically that they agree with our position in the matter

    • The foregoing restrictions will also apply to Jamaican Clergy persons who might be resident in the USA or Canada.

    • In any case the Bishop has to be consulted before granting permission for visiting clergy to participate in liturgical work in our Diocese.

(b) Upcoming Conferences

  • Conference on Ecumenism in the 21st Century

  • Lambeth Conference in 2008

  • The Afro-Anglican Conference - July 2005- Toronto, Canada

  • 35th Synod of the Province of the West Indies held in Belize in 2004

  • World Council on Evangelism in Athens in November 2005

(c) Other Matters

  • The possibility of a Caribbean BSA

The Lord Bishop also addressed Diocesan matters, highlighting:

  • Appointment of Rev. Everton Cunningham as Rector of St. Paul's Mission, Greater Portmore

  • Possible change of name of the Church Army

  • Appointment of Rev. Vivian Cohen as Canon

  • Appointment of Rev. Easton Lee as Director of Hillcrest

  • The Mothers' Union received a plaque for participating in a programme with British and Jamaican Law Enforcement agencies which saw fewer Jamaican women trafficking cocaine to the U.K.

  • St. Luke's Comfort Castle was revived by Rev. Sutton. It now has the largest Sunday School in the Fellowship/Moore Town Cure.

  • Account #18135 has been established at the Bank of Nova Scotia to receive contributions to assist with the restoration efforts which have become necessary following the recent fire at the Rio Bueno Church.

  • 340th Anniversary of St. Andrew Parish Church and 260th Anniversary of St. Jago High School.

Condolences were expressed to members of the church family who lost loved ones during the year. A moment of silence was held. Birthday greetings were extended to Rev. Marcia Forbes, Mrs. Norma Kerr-Clarke and Mrs. Gloria Reid - the wife of the Lord Bishop.


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Election of a Suffragan Bishop of Kingston

The President resolved the Synod into an Elective Assembly. There were present 105 Clergy and 220 Laity, representing more than seventy-five percent of the membership of the Synod. The President outlined to the Synod the purpose for which the Elective Assembly was called - that was to elect a Bishop to fill the Suffragan See of Kingston in its redefined form. The Chancellor, the Hon. Mr. Justice Lensley Wolfe, O.J. read the mandate from the Archbishop of the Province authorizing the election. This for many, proved to be the high point of the Synod.

The Bishop nominated the Rev. Canon Dr. Robert Thompson, to fill the vacancy and went on to tell the Assembly of the reasons that led him to make the nomination and of the benefits that were likely to accrue to the Diocese if the nominee were elected. In the process, he advised that glowing reports had been received in support of Father Robert's candidacy from Professor Ian Douglas - his Professor during his Doctoral studies in Cambridge and from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The latter had been interacting with him in his capacity as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council - representing the Province of the West Indies.

Other speakers included Rev. Astley Lindo, Bishop Daniel, Mr. Crafton Miller, Rev. Everton Cunningham Rev Robert McLean and a young lady from Mount James. All of these presentations were replete with encomiums in support of the candidate. A presentation was made by Mr. Douglas Folkes on behalf of the Saint Andrew Parish Church, and this was very well received. Although Father Robert was the only nominee, the election process still had to take place and in order to be successful he had to get 2/3 of the votes of each of the Houses of Clergy and Laity and 75% of the Elective Assembly. In keeping with established norms, the candidate was not allowed to be in the room during the process. Before voting, the Assembly invoked the guidance of the Holy Spirit by singing -"Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire".

After lunch the Assembly received the results of the election which showed that the nominee, the Rev. Canon Thompson , received 77 of the 105 Clerical votes and 193 of the 220 Lay votes - being more than two-thirds majority of the votes cast in both orders and more than75% of the Elective Assembly- the President declared that Canon Thompson was duly and canonically elected. The Bishop - elect and his wife Mrs. Charmaine Thompson were escorted into the Assembly and were greeted with tremendous applause.

A warm welcome was then extended to him by Bishop of Montego Bay, the Rt. Rev. Howard Gregory, on behalf of the Clergy, while Mr. Michael Fennell welcomed on behalf of the Laity. Father Robert replied appropriately. He was obviously elated but took it all in stride with great aplomb and humility.


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Financial Matters

Mr. Michael Fennell, Chairman of the Diocesan Financial Board presented the draft financial statements for 2004 and the estimates for 2005 as follows:

Recurrent Budget

Details
Budget 2005
Draft Accounts 2004
Change (%)
Budget 2004
Variance 2004 (%)
Recurrent Expenditure
$ 100,998,126
$ 83,880,522
+ 20.4%
$ 87,961,004
+ 4.8%
Income earned by the Diocese
$ 30,860,227
$ 22,526,499
+ 37%
$ 20,821,338
+ 8.19%
Assessments
$ 65,036,879
$ 58,068,642
+ 12%
$ 58,068,642
0%

Representing:

  • Variances in 2004 primarily due to:

    1. Significant savings in salaries resulting from vacancies / partial vacancies

    2. Certain planned programmes which did not materialise

    3. Significant budget surpluses brought forward from previous years

  • 20.4% increase in budgeted recurrent expenditure due primarily to a 10% increase in stipends and salaries as well as an increase in the complement of Diocesan personnel

  • 10% increase in stipends and salaries of clergy, full-time Church workers and in salaries of administrative and ancillary staff

  • 12% increase in Assessments on Churches and Missions

  • Appointment of three (3) new Rectors, five (5) new Curates, two (2) new Deacons and one (1) new Church Army Officer

  • Filling vacancies for Co-ordinator of Mission & Ministry - half year

  • Provision for the Suffragan See of Kingston - half year

  • Provisions made for the operation of four (4) Regions

Capital Budget

Capital Budget of $17.7 million is proposed for the year 2005 to finance the development of:

  • Diocesan properties

  • The Office of the Bishop of Kingston

  • Church House

  • Diocesan Programmes

  • Computer Software

The Chairman lamented the slow pace of the Returns of Financial information to Church House. At the due date of February 15,2005 only eighty-eight of the two hundred and sixty-eight congregations had submitted returns for 2004. The Lord Bishop noted however, that our Accounts are all "above board" and funds properly accounted for as the Accounts are regularly audited and reported to the Diocesan Financial Board.

Following consideration and approval of the Budget, Mr. Fennell was re-elected Chairman of the Diocesan Financial Board.


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Education and Youth Department

The Department of Education and Youth made a presentation on the state of the Anglican Teachers in Anglican Schools, and the resultant reduction of Anglican influence, because of the low numbers. Our own Miss Sasha Lumsden who is currently the Youth Director of the Diocese reported on Youth Ministry. Rev. Michael Allen, the Director of Education and Mr. Phillip Hamilton the Director of Schools also made presentations. Mrs. Bridgeth Gordon spoke on the offerings and achievements of the Church Teachers' College, and Dr. Maureen Samms Vaughn spoke on issues in Early Childhood Education.

Youth

The Youth Director noted that the heritage of the Anglican Church to the nation includes:

  • 80 Basic Schools/Early Childhood Institutions

  • 36 Primary Schools

  • 8 Preparatory Schools

  • 60 All Age Schools

  • 11 High Schools

  • 1 Tertiary Institution -Church Teachers' College.

She then disclosed that 10% or less of teachers in Anglican affiliated schools are Anglicans. The statistics with respect to Anglican students in Teachers' Colleges were equally if not more depressing, as of the 641 and 647 students registered at St. Josephs Teachers' College and Shortwood Teachers' College, only 4 and 5 respectively, are teachers, and this seems to be representative of the position system wide. In order to address the problem, and given the commitment of the Education & Youth Department to "Educating and Evangelizing for the next Generation", Miss Lumsden advised that the Department had set itself a goal of increasing the population of Anglican Teachers by 100 in 5 years. In this regard, initiatives presently being considered and/or taken by the Department include:

  • 28 Anglican students annually for teacher training

  • A Diocesan Teacher Education Fund to assist financially

  • Persons to be trained as Lay Chaplains

  • Ensuring that all Anglican affiliated schools have material to formulate an Anglican ethos.

Tribute to the work of the Venerable Dr. Alvin R. Stone
The Secretary of Synod asked that the Synod acknowledge and pay tribute to the work of Archdeacon Alvin Stone in the support - pastoral, moral and otherwise- given to the late Rev. Javan Gentles in the autumn years of his life. Synod agreed.


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Mission Concerns

Jamaica Church Missionary Society (JCMS)

The Chairman of the JCMS, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Harold Daniel presented the report on the Society. Congregations contributed $ 3.22 million, an increase of .01% from $ 3.21 million the previous year, but fell far short of the projected target of $4.04million.. Special mention was made of St. Michael's, Kingston; St. Ann's Parish Church; St.Ann's Bay; St. Luke's, Cross Roads; St. Mary's, Molynes Road; St. Andrew Parish Church and St. James' Parish Church - each having exceeded $100,000. Holy Trinity Church, Westgate, Montego Bay, was again, particularly strong in their support, as their contribution exceeded $320,000. With respect to the contribution from our own Church, we noted that contributions for the past three years have been steadily declining, having reduced from $164,380 in 2002 to $145,893 in 2003 and now, $117,949 in 2004.

As in previous years allocations exceeded Contributions. Grants were disbursed to a number of projects including Lay Training & Missions ($1,001,677); Greater Portmore Mission ($ 250,000), St. Michael & St. George, Free Town ($450,000); St. Patrick's Chapel of Ease, Devon Pen, St. Mary ($515,000). For 2005 income has been projected at $4.055million.

During the discussion on the report:

  • The recommendation to change the status of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Constant Spring, from a Mission to a settled congregation was accepted.

  • The Chairman reported that Comfort Castle Mission in the Fellowship/Moore Town Cure has been finally restored, having been previously destroyed by Hurricane Gilbert;

  • Restoration of Devon Pen Mission is in progress;

  • The Mission in Greater Portmore has been started and is growing under the guidance of Rev. Everton Cunningham

  • Concern was expressed that new communities were being built but the Anglicans were tardy in establishing Missions there while the other Churches both established and non-denominational were "cashing-in" at a much faster rate. The JCMS has undertaken to highlight the priority areas and start Missions there.

  • Appointments to the General Council of the JCMS included our own Mrs. Marie Isaacs and Dr. Veront Satchell was confirmed as the Deanery Representative for St. Andrew.

  • The Lord Bishop re-iterated that collections on Missionary Sunday are for JCMS only and not to be used for anything else as this would be in breach of the Canons

Report on the Committee on HIV/AIDS

The Rev. Patrick Cunningham presented a report on the Diocesan Aids Committee which, stated among other things, that:

  • Its role in part is to promote awareness to clergy, congregations, communities, schools and other groups to obtain commitment and support and participation for HIV/AIDS activities. This is now necessary as presently, there are some 20,000 persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA)in Jamaica, and the Caribbean has one of the fastest rates of spread of the disease

  • Their ongoing objectives and activities include offering current information to individuals and groups in the Diocese to enable them to make informed choices and employ positive behaviour change

  • Information dissemination is being done with a view to improving participation of congregations, networking and empowerment of stakeholders, to provide social and emotional support, counseling and care to persons living with HIV/AIDS

  • In December 2004, the Committee staged a successful World AIDS Day Events in collaboration with the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish AIDS Association. As well, in February, a productive Safer Sex week with the theme "Letting go for Lent….. for Life" was staged

  • The Mothers' Union has a hotline 893-2683 for voluntary counseling and testing

In the ensuing discussions it was also pointed out that Drug Companies are preventing accessibility to cheaper generic drugs. A suggestion was made that Clergy be trained to deal with PLWA's who come to them for counseling and help. Deaconess Dr. Evelyn Vernon did a presentation on the holistic approach being considered by the Church and the training of Church Leaders in Voluntary Counseling Training.

State of Children's Homes

The Lord Bishop noted that while there are continuing concerns in the wider society regarding abuse of inmates in children's homes, the Diocese has three such homes and there are no allegations of abuse in any of these.

Address By Dr. Patricia Holness

Dr. Patricia Holness CEO of the Registrar General's Department addressed the Synod on Marriage Officers' Licences. Members of the Clergy were invited to state the challenges they were facing in their interaction with her Department. Dr. Holness dealt with the concerns which surfaced.


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Update on Previous Resolutions / Canons

A number of Canons were amended at the Synod. The full details of which may be requested from the Church Office. Of note were the following changes:

  1. An amendment to Canon LII was passed consequent on a Resolution passed at the continuation session of the 134th Annual Synod. The effect of the amendment is to allow for four regions, with the reconfiguration of the Kingston Region and the establishment of the Eastern Jamaica Region.

  2. Resolution on 5 year term for Church Committee members and Synod Representatives received lengthy debate and was passed with the recognition that smaller congregations could have a difficulty finding enough people to serve. In such cases application could be made to the Bishop to seek special dispensation. The mandatory 5 year term to start from after this Synod

  3. Bills to amend Canon XXXI - Of the Church Army -Article3- and Canon XLII -of Election Regulation - Articles 8 and 15 were approved.


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Resolutions

The Synod for the year 2005 carried on the trend of passing timely resolutions with potentially far-reaching impact.

Resolution Concerning Family Life Initiative
This resolution argued that the continuing breakdown in family life in our country is having a deleterious effect on the wider society. While, in the normal course of things, this matter receives the attention of the Church, because of how alarming the problem has now become, the Diocese should be mandated to establish a 2 year Family Life Initiative to heighten awareness and to form a Steering Committee giving effect such an initiative.

Resolution Concerning Missionary Activities in the Cures
In order to encourage and promote the work of Missions in Cures and to strengthen congregations to actively develop programmes to reach out into their communities it was agreed that funds used by Churches to carry out special Mission projects would be deemed to be non-assessable Income by Church House subject to certain reporting procedures being carried out.

Resolution Concerning the State of Education in Jamaica
All well thinking persons view with great concern the state of education in Jamaica, as exemplified by the poor quality of the output from the educational system. Because of the implications this has for national development and given the fact that there are some 213 Anglican affiliated educational institutions in Jamaica and our pioneering role of the Church in education, our voices should be heard more in education. It was therefore agreed by Synod that our investment in education is far too great for us to remain a silent partner and that Synod should mandate the Board of Education and Youth to spearhead a meaningful discussion on, and an analysis of the Report of the Government's Task Force on Education Reform, and to prepare and submit to Government a position paper to include proposals to remedy some of the ills within the system.

Resolution Concerning the Establishment of a Clergy Directory
At the present time difficulties are often experienced in "putting a face to a name", particularly of the newer Clergy and Church workers and this is not surprising, given the relatively large numbers involved. It was therefore resolved and agreed that going forward, Church House would ensure that photographs of the Clergy and Church Workers are placed in either the Synod Journal or in a separate Directory in order to overcome the difficulty.

Resolution For a Diocesan Environmental Project to be Established
It was agreed that the Bishop would be mandated to take steps to pursue actions which include environmental projects that will ensure the development of Church properties in a sustainable manner


Other Resolutions

Resolution Concerning Training for the use of Caribbean Art Forms in Worship
This resolution noted that the Church in the Province of the West Indies has already acknowledged the importance of enriching worship in the Province with expression of Caribbean arts and culture in liturgy and that this form of self-identity is a way of keeping young people involved. It was therefore resolved that the Synod mandates the establishment of a three-year programme to formulate a structure and carry out the imparting of skills in the playing of traditional and non-traditional instruments and the development and performance of appropriate chorale music and liturgical dance and other appropriate expressions of the arts reflecting Caribbean spirit.

However, approval of the resolution would have had budgetary implications for the Diocese and the 2005 budget had already been passed without any allocations being made for such an expenditure. It was agreed that in, principle, this was a worthwhile initiative and it was the desire of the Synod for the work to go forward. It was therefore decided that Churches in the Diocese should feel free to embark on such a programme, with required funding to be arranged at the local level. The 136th Synod in 2005 would be prepared to reconsider the matter for Diocesan support, subject to appropriate budgetary provisions being made.

Resolution Concerning the Change of Name of the Eastern Region
The Proposer and Seconder of the Resolution noted that Synod had decided to establish a fourth Region and to call it the Eastern Jamaica Region. They, however, argued that it would be more logical to name this new Region the St. Andrew Region, given the fact that the three previously existing Regions are called The Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville Regions respectively. In response the Lord Bishop noted that in order to ensure that we do not violate Anglican polity the St. Andrew name should not be adopted, as the accepted norm is to have Suffragan Sees named either after cities or on the basis of distinct geographic groupings. As St. Andrew is neither a city or a geographic grouping we would be out of sync with the rest of the world should the recommendation be adopted After spirited debate, it was agreed that the matter be kept on the Agenda until an appropriate decision could be taken


Resolutions/Recommendations From Cluster Groups

The following resolutions/ recommendations covering various subject matters, made by six Cluster Groups formed from the Synod Membership, were passed and /or accepted for further consideration:

  • Resolution For the Formulation and Promulgation of a Statement on Vocation by the Commission on Ministry
    (i.e. with the objective of having the education and youth programmes strengthened and to having steps taken through the Regional structure to have Clergy pursue programmes of continuing education)

  • Resolution For Organizing the Regions for Mission
    (i.e. with the objective of assisting the Bishops to formulate and implement appropriate action plans and mission strategies for the Regions)

  • Resolution For the New Regional Structure - Restructuring the Mission
    (i.e. with the objective of having each Region preparing a Strategic Mission Plan with appropriate goals, objectives, strategies and measurable targets and an on-going system of monitoring, appraisal and evaluation)

  • Resolution re Stewardship and the Management of Resources
    (i.e. with the objective of granting the Bishops, with responsibility for Regions, a substantial degree of autonomy to manage their resources, based on job descriptions that clearly define their areas of responsibility and accountability)

  • Resolution For Congregational Development
    (i.e. with the objective of encouraging each congregation to develop an action plan that should include strategies geared towards carrying out a programme of continuing Christian education and engendering a deeper fellowship among all members)

  • Resolution Development of Lay Ministry
    (i.e. with the objective of providing more resources to reinforce and expand programmes of education and training and to reinforce the Anglican identity and better equip people of faith to strong personal witness

  • Recommendation for Ministering to Communities in a Time of Change
    (i.e. with the objective of having more emphasis placed on evangelism, with a view to becoming a more evangelistic Church, based on the deeper spiritual awareness of its members and the use of more vibrant worship forms


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Appointments Of Members Of The Church

Please note that the following members of our church serve at a Diocesan Level and will welcome your input.

MEMBER
APPOINTMENT
ALVARO CASSERLY MEMBER, INCORPORATED LAY BODY
MICHAEL FENNELL CHAIRMAN, DIOCESAN FINANCIAL BOARD
FRANK JAMES MEMBER DIOCESAN FINANCIAL BOARD
VINCENT LAWRENCE MEMBER, INCORPORATED LAY BODY
SASHA LUMSDEN YOUTH DIRECTOR

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Closing Remarks

Each day started with Matins at between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 am, followed immediately by the Holy Eucharist. Between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day the sessions closed with Evensong -with evening sessions commencing at or about 8:00 p.m., after supper break. This helped to set the tone for the Synod and this time spent with the Lord was essential and invaluable.

Friday afternoon the Bishop thanked those who had made the Synod possible and had laboured long hours. He again congratulated Canon Thompson on his election and asked the Synod to pledge their prayers as he undertakes his challenging work going forward. He further indicated that once he returns to Church House, he would be sending the required documents to the Archbishop of the Province of the West Indies advising of Canon Thomson's election as Bishop of Kingston. Thereafter, the necessary arrangements would be made for his consecration, once confirmation is received from The Archbishop and the House of Bishops. He also expressed special thanks to The Venerable Archdeacon Stone for his support as Administrator of the Kingston Region during the vacancy in the position of Bishop of Kingston.

At approximately 1.45pm, with the singing of the Doxology, what had proven to be a very involved and worthwhile meeting of the Synod ended.

Some Final Observations
By way of a final comment, we make the observation that one theme was clearly recurrent throughout the presentations made by six cluster groups looking at various aspects of Vocation/ Mission. Every single one of them aired concern about the involvement of youth or rather, the lack thereof, in advancing the Mission in the Church. It augurs well for the objective of Mission that this deficiency was recognized by each group.

We were also heartened by the fact that Synod spent so much time on this subject and dedicated much effort to mapping out strategies for implementation of greater youth involvement in the Ministry of the Church. We trust that this will materialize very soon as it is our considered view that greater involvement is critical to not only attracting but also retaining the young people in the Church, with their abundance of energy and multitudes of talent.

Now as we go forward together, may we all continue to grow in Christ and share in the love of God.

Lay Representatives to Synod 2005

George Bullock
Douglas Folkes
8 April 2005


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