Owing to continued COVID restrictions, and in consultation with Chancellor James Travers, Bishop Sandra has determined that there will be no regular gathering of Synod in May 2021, and has informed Diocesan Council. Canonically we are required to hold Synod within two years of the last Synod. Since we held an electoral Synod in the fall, no Synod is required until September 2022. The main reason for the decision was the difficulty of holding a Synod with multiple items on the agenda when large in large in person gatherings may still not be possible. There is no firm date set for the next gathering of Synod. As we see how the pandemic unfolds, we will have a clearer picture of when we can gather as Synod. It is suggested that parishes continue to elect Synod delegates, just as in normal years with no Synod. If you have questions, please email to email@example.com.
The Rev. Will Ferrey, Executive Secretary of Synod
Anglicans belong to a church that is episcopally led and synodically governed. Through the Synod – the legislature of the church – the Laity (people), Clergy (ordained people) and Bishops are involved in the life and government of the church.
The Laity becomes members of the Diocesan Synod through election at the annual general meeting of their parish. The election to Synod automatically makes these persons members of the parish council. Every parish is represented at the Synod by two clergy (usually the rector/priest in charge and an associate parish priest or deacon) and two elected lay representatives)
The Synod is a legislative body as well as an education body where members learn of programs within the church emphasizing ministry and outreach.
Between the bi-annual meetings of Synod, there is an executive body called the Diocesan Council, which acts for the Synod between sessions. Its members are elected by the Synod and are joined by a number of appointments by the Bishop. The Vision Strategy and Support Teams (VSSTs) of the Synod report to the Diocesan Council and the Synod. Appointment to a VSST offers a lay person the opportunity to share talents and expertise in various aspects of the church’s work.
Synod delegates are also elected to represent the Diocese at the Provincial Synod , which is comprised of the seven Dioceses in Eastern Canada and which meets bi-annually. Synod Delegates are also elected as members of General Synod, a tri-annual happening, which carries out the work of the Anglican Church of Canada . In addition, the National Church sends a Bishop, Priest, and Lay Person to the Anglican Consultative Council which is representative of the 37 Provinces of the Worldwide Anglican Communion and which meets every three years to discuss and reflect mission, ecumenism, doctrine and social justice issues.
The Diocesan Synod encompasses the tradition of collegiality and cooperation. Each parish is not an island unto itself, but is part of a community of churches working together to fulfill the Diocesan Mission Statement. Undoubtedly, each parish will have its unique emphasis in programs, ministry and outreach, but that can only be strengthened as Anglicans share with other parishes through the Diocesan and National Church Programs, Ministry and Resources.
Anglicans are linked by common tradition and heritage, worship, ordained ministry and the three cornerstones of scripture, tradition and reason. One body of Christ composed of churches which, united under the One Divine Head and in the fellowship of One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and Worship One God and Father through the same Lord Jesus Christ by the same Holy Divine Spirit who is given to them that believe to guide them into all truth (Solemn Declaration – Book of Common Prayer)
In the Diocese of Nova Scotia Synod meetings are held at least every two years at the call of the Bishop.
For more information or questions please contact our Executive Director of Synod - The Reverend Will Ferrey
The Reverend Sandra Fyfe has been elected the next Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. When consecrated bishop she will be the 17th person to hold the post. Owing to Covid-19 restrictions, the 149th Session of the Diocese met in eleven locations throughout the two provinces to conduct the election. She was voted in on the 3rd ballot. The Reverend Sandra Fyfe is currently the rector of the Parish of Horton, St. John’s Church, Wolfville, where she has served since 2009. A graduate of Queen’s Theological College, St. John’s, NL with her Masters of Divinity, she was ordained deacon in 2000 and priest in 2001. Others places where she has served have been: curate at St. Thomas Church, St. John’s, NL; rector at Christ Church, Shelburne; and, priest-in-charge of the parishes of St. James Church, Kentville, and Lockeport-Barrington. She was Archdeacon of the South Shore Region until 2009 and Archdeacon of the Valley Region until 2017.