22 Jun

June Deanery Synod Minutes and Updates

Hello Everyone,

It was lovely to see many of you at this week’s Synod and I hope that you enjoyed the meeting as much as I did. Many thanks to our speaker, Fr Joseph Fernandes. The minutes of the meeting are here and these include a link to the meeting’s recording showing the slides. 

Do let me know if you have any questions or notice any changes needed in the minutes.

Our next Synod meeting is currently pencilled in for the 20th October and will be held at Hope Church Hounslow. Closer to the time, we will confirm this date and send over the meeting details. Please do keep this date in your diary and do let me know if you have any items that you would like to be considered for the agenda.


Deanery Updates & Notices 

Children & Youth Workers – we’ve been asked to setup a WhatsApp group for Children and Youth workers to co-ordinate and share best practice. If your workers would like to participate in this, please send their contact details to me here.

School Chaplain Vacancy – Chelsea Academy have a vacancy for a school chaplain.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested please click here for the vacancy advert and for the Chaplain pack, click here.

Theatre Chaplains– Open once more, ministry is needed within the theatre industry more than ever. Theatre Chaplaincy UK provides pastoral support to all those working in the theatre, of all faiths and none and are looking to expand their team of chaplains. Chaplains are each assigned a theatre, where they visit regularly, front of house and backstage, to offer support and a friendly, confidential listening ear to any in need. They would love to hear from any interested ordained and licensed lay candidates. To find out more, please email theatrechaplain@gmail.com

Archdeacon’s PA Vacancy– The Archdeacon of Middlesex is advertising for a permanent PA.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested please click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 1 July 2022.

Bishop Graham’s Farewell service – Tuesday 12th July at 7:30pm at St Paul’s Hammersmith. Everyone is welcome at this service to say farewell to Bishop Graham who has been the Bishop of Kensington since 2015. Please let the team know if you are planning to attend here, to sign an e-card for Bishop Graham (which he will receive on 12th July), please click here

Kensington Area “Growing Younger” Training Morning – Saturday 15 October 9am to 1pm, St Mellitus College, 24 Collingham Road London SW5 0LX. Everyone who works with children and/or youth in a church setting in the Kensington Area, is warmly invited to this training morning.  This will include time together in worship, a key note speaker, and a wide variety of seminars on different aspects of working with children and youth across our churches. All free and breakfast will be provided!  To book your place please click here.

October Deanery Synod – 20th October 7.30pm, Hope Church Hounslow. Our next Deanery Synod is currently planned for October and will look at Schools, with a presentation by Jo Jones the Kensington Area Bishop’s Schools’ Chaplain. Make sure to note this in your diary!

Kensington Area Youth Weekend 2023 – The Youth Weekend 2023 will take place from 16-18 June 2023 at Oakwood Youth Challenge near Bracknell.  This weekend, led by Area Youth and Schools’ Chaplain Jo Jones, is particularly for churches who don’t run ‘in house’ youth residentials.  Further details will be sent out in the autumn, but if you would like to find out more before then, please contact Jo on Joanna.jones@london.anglican.org


With thanks,

Kathleen McQuarrie 
Hounslow Deanery Secretary


Hounslow Welcare Trust
 The Houslow Welcare Trust exists to make grants to help Deanery churches. The next trustees meeting is on the 14th of July – take a look at the criteria and get in touch ASAP if you’re interested.

Deanery WhatsApp Groups

Useful for sharing best practice, the Deanery groups cover roles as diverse as Churchwardens, PCC Secretaries, Treasurers, Safeguarding, and children’s workers. If those in your parish would like to join, click here to let us know.

Kintsugi Hope
Kintsugi Hope is not just a charity. We have a vision of starting a movement of Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups where people can experience safety and support. To find out more about Kintsugi Hope please click here.

26 May

June Deanery Synod

Hello Everyone,

The June Deanery Synod is in a little over two weeks. We’re being graciously hosted by Holy Trinity Hounslow (6 High St, TW3 1HG) and we look forward to seeing you all there. We’ll be meeting on Tuesday 14th June, with refreshments served from 7pm and the meeting starting at 7.30pm and looking at Racial Justice with Fr Joseph Fernandes, Vicar of St Hilda’s Ashford and Area Dean of Spelthorne.  This is a key area in the Kensington Area Plan so it’s incredibly important that we engage with this topic fully.

In preparation for the meeting, please take a look at the below documents and get ready to bring your questions to our expert speakers.

Please make sure to mark the 14th of June into your diary. The next synod meeting is planned for Thursday 20 October, with a presentation by Jo Jones, the Kensington Area Bishop’s Schools’ Chaplain.


Deanery Updates & Notices 

Children & Youth Workers – we’ve been asked to setup a WhatsApp group for Children and Youth workers to co-ordinate and share best practice. If your workers would like to participate in this, please send their contact details to me here.

School Chaplain Vacancy – Chelsea Academy have a vacancy for a school chaplain.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested please click here for the vacancy advert and for the Chaplain pack, click here.

Archdeacon’s PA Vacancy– The Archdeacon of Middlesex is advertising for a permanent PA.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested please click here for more information. 

Creed & Culture Seminar:  Identity – what difference does the Christian faith make to how we understand each other? Taking place at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (5 minute walk from Oxford Circus or Broad Street tube stops). The speaker is Michael Lloyd, principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Held on Saturday, 18th June 2022, 2 – 5 pm, more details and ticket information can be found here.

Warmest wishes and God bless,

Kathleen McQuarrie 
Hounslow Deanery Secretary


Unconscious Bias Trainers
This involves undertaking about three hours of training and then helping PCCs in vacancies by giving them unconscious bias training – probably a couple of times a year. Email Martine if you’re interested.

Hounslow Welcare Trust
This year the trust has extended grants to several churches, supporting projects ranging from debt support, community hubs, and relief for Ukraine. – take a look at the criteria and get in touch if your church would like funding.

Kintsugi Hope
Kintsugi Hope is not just a charity. We have a vision of starting a movement of Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups where people can experience safety and support. To find out more about Kintsugi Hope please click here.

15 Mar

February Deanery Synod Minutes

Hello Everyone,


It was lovely to see many of you at the February Synod and I hope that you enjoyed the meeting as much as I did. Our speakers, Rebeccah Cooper-Jones & Rev Jody Stowell gave a very informative talk on Living in Love and Faith along with some guidance on the Pastoral Principles. The minutes of the meeting are here and include links to useful details following on from the synod. Do let me know if you have any questions or notice any changes needed in the minutes.

Our next Synod meeting is currently pencilled in for the 14th of June, held at Holy Trinity Hounslow, and will feature Revd Allen Bower, the Kensington Area Dean of Cultural Diversity. Please do keep this date in your diary and do let me know if you have any items that you would like to be considered for the agenda.


Diocesan Synod By-Election
Nomination forms have been received and as the nominations did not exceed the number of vacancies, no election was needed. Congratulations to our new clergy representatives to the Diocesan Synod:

  • Rev Anne Dollery (St Dunstan, Feltham)
  • Rev Micheal Dobson (St George, Hanworth)
  • Rev Sally Baily (Holy Trinity Hounslow)

They join Rev Michael Gill and our lay Representatives Julian Duffus & Shelia Matthews to represent the Hounslow Deanery at the London Diocesan Synod. Our thanks to everyone who participated.


With thanks,

Kathleen McQuarrie 
Hounslow Deanery Secretary


Hounslow Welcare Trust
 The Houslow Welcare Trust exists to make grants to help Deanery churches. The next trustees meeting is in two weeks – take a look at the criteria and get in touch if you’re interested.

Unconscious Bias Trainers
This involves undertaking about three hours of training and then helping PCCs in vacancies by giving them unconscious bias training – probably a couple of times a year. Email Martine if you’re interested.

Mental Health First Aider Training
Eight parishes have signed up for this so far but there are still plenty of places left.  Please let Martine know asap if you or someone else from your parish, would like to attend.

10 Feb

February Deanery Synod Agenda

Hello Everyone,


Just a quick message from your friendly neighbourhood secretary. The February Deanery Synod is in  two weeks, and will be held via zoom so there’s no need to brave the cold for this one. We’ll be meeting on Thursday 24th February, starting at 7.30pm and looking at Living in Love and Faith (LLF) resources with Rebeccah Cooper-Jones & Rev Jody Stowell.  


The hope is for people in Church of England churches across the country to use these resources to study and pray together. This church-wide learning together, listening to one another, and listening to God, is intended to enable the Church of England to discern a way forward in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. The zoom link for the meeting is here.In preparation for the meeting, please take a look at the below documents and get ready to bring your questions to our expert speakers.Deanery Synod Meeting AgendaOctober 2021 Deanery Synod Meeting Minutes  Please make sure to mark the 24th of February into your diary and I look forward to seeing you all there!

Kathleen McQuarrie 
Hounslow Deanery Secretary


Unconscious Bias Trainers
This involves undertaking about three hours of training and then helping PCCs in vacancies by giving them unconscious bias training – probably a couple of times a year. Email Martine if you’re interested

Diocesan Synod By-Election
Our recent election has left several vacancies for us on the Diocesan Synod. You should now have received Nomination forms, don’t forget to get them into us by the 28th of Feb!

Hounslow Welcare Trust
 The Houslow Welcare Trust exists to make grants to help Deanery churches. The next trustees meeting is coming in March – take a look at the criteria and get in touch if you’re interested.

04 Feb

Diocesan Synod By-Elections

Nomination & Elections – the time has come!

As was mentioned during the last Deanery Synod, the recent London Diocesan Synod election has left the Hounslow Deanery with 3 clergy and 3 lay member vacancies unfilled. We are now looking to fill these slots with a by-election. If you or someone you know would like to represent our Deanery on the Diocesan Synod then please do complete a nomination form.

Below are the links to the nomination forms for this election, along with the formal notice of an election as required by the synod regulations. Please do review these forms and nominate those who you think would best serve both the Deanery and the wider Diocese. It’s worth noting that per voting regulations nomination forms can be received via email, in person or via post to the details listed only. All nominations must be received by the 25th February 2022..

If we receive more nominations than vacancies, this will be followed by an election and, if required, voting forms will be sent out on the morning of the 28th of February..

The formal notice of an election is here
The Nomination form for clergy is here
The Nomination form for lay members is here
 
Yours in Christ,

Kathleen
Deanery Secretary

15 Nov

October Synod Minutes

Hello Everyone,

It was lovely to see many of you at this week’s Synod and I hope that you enjoyed the meeting as much as I did, and our speaker, Rev Derek Winterburn. The minutes of the meeting are available and include a link to Derek’s slides, please do reach out to me if you need a copy. Do let me know if you have any questions or notice any changes needed in the minutes.

Our next Synod meeting is currently pencilled in for the 24th February and will be held over zoom. Closer to the time, we will confirm this date and send over the meeting details. Please do keep this date in your diary and do let me know if you have any items that you would like to be considered for the agenda.


Chapter Christmas Lunch

Those of you who have attended in the past may remember what fun our Clergy Christmas Lunches are.  This year we’ve booked the Royal Oak, 128 Worton Rd, Isleworth TW7 6EP for the 16th of December at 12.30pm.
They’re offering a fabulous Christmas Menu with 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £28 and the deanery will be paying for all the drinks. 

We need to pre-order and space is limited so please RSVP by reaching out to me to select your menu choices. 

With thanks,

Kathleen McQuarrie 
Hounslow Deanery Secretary

Hounslow Welcare Trust
 The Houslow Welcare Trust exists to make grants to help Deanery churches. The next trustees meeting is at the end of November – take a look at the criteria and get in touch if you’re interested.

Diocesan Synod 

Following the recent election, Hounslow Deanery still has 3 lay vacancies and 3 clergy vacancies.  Please do think about whether you could contribute in this way and get in touch if you have any questions.

Lay Chair Election
The results are in and we welcome Simon Surtees from St Paul’s Chiswick as the new Lay Chair. Our deepest thanks to Fred Michell, who is stepping down and served as the Hounslow Lay Chair for almost 20 years!

19 Oct

October Deanery Synod

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick message from your friendly neighbourhood secretary. The October Deanery Synod is in less than a week, and the first Synod to be held in person since the start of the pandemic. We’ll be meeting on Monday 25 October at St Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road W4 3DY. Don’t forget that we’re starting with the Lay Reps meeting at 6.30pm, with clergy welcome to join for refreshments from 7pm.

If you are planning to attend and have not yet received the meeting pack including both the agenda and minutes from the June meeting, then please reach out to me here.  

Please make sure to mark the 25th of October into your diary and I look forward to seeing you all there!


WhatsApp Groups

The Deanery now offers WhatsApp groups for clergy, PCC Secretaries, Treasurers, and Churchwardens. They’re a great resource for problem solving and sharing solutions with others, do let me know if you would like to join one of these groups!

Kathleen McQuarrie 
Hounslow Deanery Secretary

Hounslow Welcare Trust
 The Houslow Welcare Trust exists to make grants to help Deanery churches. The next trustees meeting is coming at the end of November – take a look at the criteria and get in touch if you’re interested.

New Triennium Starts Soon!

If you would like to nominate someone for the Deanery Synod Standing Committee (even yourself), please out to me or our Area Dean, Martine. Both clergy and lay members are needed.  

Lay Chair Election
The election for the new Lay Chair is now well underway and all Lay Reps should now have been sent voting papers via the post. Please make sure to have your paper returned by the 22nd to have it counted!

25 May

Message from Archdeacon Richard Frank

(For a PDF version of this letter, click here)

Dear Friends in the Hounslow Deanery Chapter,

Resignation of The Revd Sarah Guinness as Hounslow Area Dean

Sarah Guinness has been a wonderful colleague and friend to many of us during this past year as she has so ably carried the role of Hounslow Area Dean. Bishop Graham asked Sarah to take on the task at the beginning of 2020 and she agreed to serve for a year to see how it sat alongside settling into her time at Brentford. Little did she, or any of us, know what that ‘initial year’ would involve!

As the new Archdeacon (and her predecessor in Hounslow, of course), I have had good reason to be grateful for her willingness to say ‘yes’ and I know that her fellow Hounslow clergy, the other Area Deans and Bishop Graham have felt the same.

This week, Sarah has decided, after much consideration, not to continue as Area Dean. She wants to focus her time and energy on the parish of Brentford as she anticipates a new curate starting this summer, the reopening of the St Paul’s café and plenty else in the pipeline. I know you will join me in praying for her in this next chapter of her ministry and time in Brentford. We are very glad to continue as her colleagues and partners in ministry and mission.

Bishop Ric (Acting Bishop of Kensington) and I feel that appointing a new Hounslow Area Dean should be for Bishop Graham on his return. I am grateful therefore that Elis Matthews, at St Mary’s Osterley Road, who has been Assistant Area Dean for much of the past year, has agreed to continue in that role and ‘hold the fort’ until the summer. When Bishop Graham returns, he will consult with the Chapter and make his decision on whom to appoint longer term.

In the meantime, may I thank you for all you have done over these past months to pray for, minister to and lead your churches through the astonishingly difficult and tiring time we have been living through. Please do be in touch if I can support you and those you serve in any way.

Every blessing

The Ven. Richard Frank
19th May 2021
cc. Bishop Graham; Bishop Ric; Fred Michell (Hounslow Deanery Lay Chair)

08 Nov

New Guidance for Lockdown 2.0

For you quick access, below is the most recent information on the new lockdown and how they pertain to Churches.

Regulations – we are sure you’ll have all seen over night that the regulations went live (available here). They set out:

  • that you can leave home to attend a Place of Worship
  • how Places of Worship can open for a number of specific purposes i.e. for individual prayer and funerals etc – each purpose will be explained in the guidance. Relevant extract from the regulations below:

(7) A person who is responsible for a place of worship must ensure that the place of worship is closed, except for uses permitted in paragraph (8) and regulation 11(18).

(8) A place of worship may be used—(a) for funerals,(b) for commemorative events celebrating the life of a person who has died,(c) to broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast,(d) to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency),(e) for childcare provided by a person registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006,(f) for individual prayer, and for these purposes, “individual prayer” means prayer by individuals which does not form part of communal worship, or(g) to host any gathering which is permitted under regulation 8 or 9.

(9) A person who is responsible for a community centre or hall must ensure that the community centre or hall is closed except where it is used—(a) to provide essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency),(b) for the purposes of education or training,(c) for the purposes of support groups, or(d) for the purposes of—(i) childcare provided by a person registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006, or(ii) supervised activities for children.(10) A person who is responsible for a crematorium or burial ground must ensure that the crematorium or burial ground is closed to members of the public, except—(a) for funerals or burials,(b) commemorative events celebrating the life of a person who has died, or(c) to allow a person to pay respects to a member of their household, a family member or friend.

Q&A – We thought it would be helpful to share the answers to these with you:

Who can be involved in the broadcast from a place of worship?

  • Attending a place of worship for broadcasting or filming an act of worship is permitted but should only involve those people working or volunteering who are essential for the content of the service, and for technical support to enable people to watch and worship online or via a television or radio.  
  • If musicians or singers usually form part of the act of worship that is being broadcast, they may participate but only if they are essential to the delivery of that act of worship. The numbers or people involved should be kept as small as possible to minimise risks and participants should follow social distancing guidance.  

What about Out of School Setting activities for children?  

  • The guidance from DfE covering off the impact of the new national restrictions on the education sector has just been published here
  • As such, out-of-school activities may continue to operate if their primary purpose is either/and/or: 
    • providing registered childcare 
    • offering other childcare activities, where this is reasonably necessary to enable parents to work or search for work or undertake training or education 
    • for respite care, including for vulnerable children. 
    • to be primarily used by home educating parents as part of their arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education (which could include, for example, tuition centres, supplementary schools, or private tutors). 
  • Youth support services, including 1-1 youth work and support groups, may also continue to operate. 
  • All other out of school activities, not being primarily used by parents for these purposes, should close for face-to-face provision for the duration of the national restrictions. 

What constitutes a support group such as continue to take place in a Place of Worship?

  • To ensure support for the most vulnerable during this period, support groups that provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support can take place with up to 15 people attending, if the support group is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body.  
  • Examples include support to: 
    • victims of crime (including domestic abuse); 
    • those with, or recovering from, addictions (including alcohol, narcotics or other substance addictions) or addictive patterns of behaviour; 
    • new parents; 
    • those with, or caring for persons with, any long-term illness or terminal condition or who are vulnerable; 
    • those facing issues related to their sexuality or identity including those living as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; 
    • those who have suffered bereavement; and 
    • vulnerable young people, including to enable them to meet youth workers. 
  • Anyone working is not included as part of the 15 person limit. 

Hope this is helpful and do reach out to myself or Rev Sarah if you have any specific questions that aren’t answered in these documents.

With thanks,

Kat

Deanery Secretary

14 Aug

New CofE Pandemic Guidance

Hi Everyone!

To assist churches to function in line with the latest COVID requirements the following advice documents, together with relevant FAQs have now been updated on the Church of England Advice page.

Please note that this advice is currently issued in draft form, awaiting confirmation of the exact wording of government guidance for places of worship on the use of face coverings. The guidance may change as the situation evolves and we’ll let you know as soon as we’re sent the final versions.

Hope this is helpful and do reach out to myself or Rev Sarah if you have any specific questions that aren’t answered in these documents.

With thanks,

Kat

Deanery Secretary