Diocesan Synod

Guildford Diocesan Synod

Guildford Diocesan Synod is the body, with the Bishop, which sets policy and guides activity in the Diocese of Guildford.

The Synod is a sort of parliament, formed of the Bishops of the Diocese along with elected representatives of clergy and lay people from across the Diocese. The total membership of the Synod is about 120, divided equally between clergy and laity. It is elected every three years by members of the Deanery Synods and meets three times yearly, usually in March, June and November.

Synod considers all aspects of church life: initiatives being referred to it from the national church; diocesan issues over priorities of work; sharing of information on the life of the church at a local level - and makes decisions, along with the Diocesan Bishop, on key policies affecting the Church in the Diocese. Its agendas and the reports on its business show the breadth of its work.

The members of the Diocesan Synod are also members of the Diocesan Board of Finance, who elect representatives to other Diocesan committees. The Synod's work is managed by the Business Planning Group and the Diocesan Secretary is its chief officer.

Diocesan Synod Membership 2015 - 2018

Meeting Dates 2017

  • Saturday 4 March - Holy Trinity, Claygate KT10 0JP
  • Saturday 17 June - Venue TBA
  • Saturday 18 November - Venue TBA




AndrewWatsonWeb Rt Revd Andrew Watson

Bishop of Guildford


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Chairs of the Houses of Clergy and Laity

CathyBlairWeb Revd Cathy Blair

Chair of the House of Clergy


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Chair of the House of Laity


PColes Peter Coles

Diocesan Secretary


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NDEweb2 Nick Edmonds

Deputy Diocesan Secretary & Communications Team Leader


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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

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