It was a hectic last day of business at the General Synod in Armagh, on Saturday, as a flurry of Bills passed their final stages and were enacted.
Among them was one dealing with Episcopal elections in Limerick and Killaloe and Tuam, Killala and Achonry. The diocesan councils of both dioceses have agreed, in principle, to unite at some future date, subject to the successful conclusion of conversations, and the agreement of General Synod and of their respective diocesan synods.
Today’s Bill would defer any episcopal election should a vacancy occur before 30th September 2019 while those deliberations take place.
Other business concluded today included a Bill providing for the inclusion of An Order for Morning and Evening Prayer for Use on Sunday, which seeks to provide a clearly defined structure for Sunday worship, and one seeking to make the same provision for the implementation of and adherence to the Church’s new Adult Safeguarding policy by parishes, clergy and diocesan bodies, as is already provided for Safeguarding Trust, the Church’s child protection policy.
One other piece of legislation passed will extend the levy on parishes to provide funding for safeguarding work and resources relating to adults.