with Andrew Yates.
There is never a dull moment at Synod. Today is a good example of the variety of topics the church is involved with.
The morning debate was on a proposal to abolish the reading of Banns in churches as the legal preliminary before a wedding to be replaced by the local registrar to issue a certificate to confirm a wedding can go ahead in church.
Passionate arguments on both sides. Those in favour of the change highlighted the pressures on clergy to check identities with passports and the great fuss over finding which side of a parish boundary a particular house lay.
Those in favour of keeping Banns praised the missional opportunities from couples coming to church to hear their names called and valuing the prayers offered for them at such services. One story of a mother who just came for her daughters Banns as a chance to count how many pew ends would need Flower holders. But welcomed by the congregation she went back again and again and is now an active member of that church.