The annual Synod provides time for review of the mission of the Church, and offers an opportunity for the Diocese to take counsel together – listening to the Holy Spirit; awake to the signs of the times; obedient to God’s call for apostolic action.

Each Synod is for three years with annual sessions, and normally meets in October of each year. Its purpose is to:

  • Implement and/or amend legislation for the Diocese
  • Review work of the Diocese
  • Discuss matters of concern to both Church and community
  • Conduct elections for various Diocesan bodies and committees
  • Consider General Synod legislation

Synods are linked to the first council of the Church in Jerusalem and to the great councils of the Church, and to the pattern of conciliar government in the Anglican Communion.

All appointed and elected members of Synod are encouraged to come prayerfully, with an attitude that not only allows for holy listening but is open to the:

  • Holy Spirit – active in the midst of us,
  • “mind of the church” – sentire cum ecclesia,
  • communion of the faithful – attentive to the treasure handed to us – consensus fidelium,
  • communion of saints – communio sanctorum.

And, at the same time, giving thanks that we take counsel together as a part of the wider Anglican Communion.

While the Anglican Church is vindicated by its place in history, with a strikingly balanced witness to gospel and Church and sound learning, its greater vindication lies in its pointing through its own history to something of which it is a fragment. Its credentials are its incompleteness, with the tension and travail in its soul. It is clumsy and untidy, it baffles neatness and logic. For it is sent not to commend itself as ‘the best type of Christianity’, but by its very brokenness to point to the universal Church wherein all have died.

A M Ramsey, The Gospel and the Catholic Church (Longmans, London, 1936), p220

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2016 Resources




  • The 49th Synod runs from 2015 - 2017
  • 2016 Synod will run from 28 - 30 October 2016
  • Friday 28 October 2016 - 7.00pm
    Synod Eucharist at St George’s Cathedral
  • Saturday 29 October 2016 – 8.30am
  • Sunday 30 October 2016 – 1.00pm


Peter Moyes Anglican Community School (Elliston Parade, Mindarie)


  • Legislative motions to be received by the Legislation Committee at Diocesan Office by 5.00pm on Wednesday, 24 August 2016.
  • General motions to be received by the Registrar at Diocesan Office by 5.00pm on Friday, 16 September 2016.
  • Nominations for election to be received by the Registrar at Diocesan Office by 5.00pm on Thursday, 20 October 2016.

Synod packs will be available for collection from 1pm on Tuesday 27 September to 1pm on Wednesday 28 September 2016.

For further information, please contact The Venerable Braden Short or Ms Karen Cliffe on 9425 7217