Diocesan Synod

The Diocese of Rochester is led by the Bishop of Rochester and is governed by our Diocesan Synod. 

The Diocesan Synod is an elected body which considers matters referred from General Synod, deaneries, PCCs and from individual Synod members.

It formulates diocesan policy on a wide range of issues, assists the Bishops and their staff to support and oversee the work of the Diocese, approves the budget, and debates important local and national issues affecting the Church.

Meetings are held three times a year. This helps to provide a system of democratic representation and accountability.

Synod is comprised of three houses – bishops, clergy and laity. Elections to be a member of Diocesan Synod take place every 3 years (next elections in 2021). Find out more here

  • The current Chair of the House of Clergy is: The Rev Canon Alyson Davie - Rector of Meopham with Nurstead and Area Dean of Cobham Deanery
  • The current Chair of the House of Laity is: Mrs Sarah Poole, Christ Church, Beckenham 


Diocesan Synod Reports: A short digest of what took place at Diocesan Synod is published after each session. It is available to be shared in parish newsletters, pew sheets or to be pinned to noticeboards 


Diocesan Synod meeting papers are published below:

Diocesan Synod Saturday 12 October 2019,

St Olave's Grammar School, Orpington


Bishop James' Presidential Address

Bishop Simon's Growth Enabler Address


Previous Synod Minutes

DBF Budget 2020

Called to Care for Creation

General Synod Report

New Appointments

Safeguarding Training Development

PTO Safer Recruitment Guidance


Diocesan Synod Saturday  7 March 2020 

St Andrew’s Church, Paddock Wood

Papers for this session of Diocesan Synod are not yet available

Diocesan Synod Tuesday 7 July 2020 (evening)

Rochester Cathedral for Evensong, then Bishopscourt

Papers for this session of Diocesan Synod are not yet available

Diocesan Synod Saturday 10 October 2020 

St John’s Church, Beckenham.

Papers for this session of Diocesan Synod are not yet available


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