The 9th Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Central Solomons (DOCS) was held at Polomuhu village from 6th to 8th April, with the theme ‘Evangelisms in Servanthood, Discipleship to Nourish & the Faithful in the Church of God’.
Around 50 members attended comprising of clergy, lay leaders, members of the Religious Orders serving in DOCS and youth representatives.
This was also the final synod for the Rt Rev Ben Seka as the Bishop of the Diocese, who will officially retire towards the end of this year.
Also in April the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM) held their Synod at St Alban’s Parish, Bishopsdale, with the theme ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch’.
Southern Region Youth members from St Alban’s Parish, Bishopsdale performed the welcome for the 20th Diocesan Synod.
Following the Synod this reflection was released by St Barnabas Cathedral
AROUND 60 participants comprising of Priests, Catechists and lay Church leaders benefited from an Evangelism and Intentional Discipleship workshop and training in the Diocese of Ysabel in early April. The four day workshop and training was held at the Church of the Resurrection, Loval District, Nukufero, Russell Islands, Laweala region.
The overall aims and objectives of the Decade of Evangelism and International Discipleship program are:
- Members of ACoM should have a fresh understanding of the crucial importance of evangelism and renewal at the heart of our faith and ministry within the Anglican Church in Melanesia.
- Members of ACoM should know that we are called to serve God in evangelism and discipleship and to offer ourselves through exercising our spiritual gifts for the building up of God’s church and advancing his kingdom in Melanesia.
- Members of ACoM should understand the nature and purpose of evangelism and renewal in the context of Melanesia and in the light of biblical models of evangelism and ministry and visualise how these can be translated into addressing the social issues affecting Christians in Melanesia today.
- Members of ACoM should understand the different approaches, principles and methods to be used to renew and mature Christians in their faith and relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, and be ready to respond to the call by the church to engage in the work of evangelism and discipleship.
The Diocese of Ysabel has four regions; LAWEALA Region with four Parishes and four Districts; JAMAKO Region with two Parishes and four Districts; TUVANO Region with eight Districts and GAOMA Region with six Districts. The Diocese covers the islands of Ysabel, Russell, Western and Choiseul provinces.
Fr. Norman Hudson