The best Church we can be

The intention for this week’s post is to invite lay members of St Michael’s community to stand for election to the Diocesan Synod, to promote the life and mission of the local church (including Summertown) within the larger organisational structure of the Diocese of Oxford. The Diocesan Synod is the governing body of the Church of England in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Alongside the Bishops, its membership is drawn from parishioners and clergy. This year is an election year for Diocesan Synod and every parishioner in the Diocese of Oxford is invited to consider standing. The Diocese is particularly keen for Christians from under-represented parts of the Church to put themselves forward. Could that be you, or someone you know?

It would be wonderful if St Michael & All Angel’s Summertown could be represented at diocesan level. It could be you!





Bishop Steven explains why it is so important to represent the Church at this time:

“This is a great moment for anyone wanting to see the Church respond to the challenges that face us all. The start of a new triennium (new members are elected every three years) aligns with the next stages of the Common Vision process as we journey towards a more Christ-like Church… the best Church we can be for this generation.”

What is the Diocesan Synod?

The Bishop has a duty to consult the Diocesan Synod on matters of general importance and concern to the diocese and, in turn, the Diocesan Synod provides a connection to deanery synods and PCCs. Members of Diocesan Synod gather three times a year – usually on a Saturday – to discuss issues facing the Church and to share experience from right across the diocese. Members can also put themselves forward for boards and committees, such as the Bishop’s Council.

It would be good to have a representative from St Michael’s, Summertown to argue the case for mission and ministry in this part of the Oxford vineyard. This influence would be especially prevalent as we look to creatively share our resources with others.

I would be delighted to talk about this further in you are interested. Further information about eligibility criteria, the nominations process and where to obtain a form can be found online at

Meanwhile… On Sunday we celebrate the promise that God will not leave us comfortless. At Pentecost, an event that rocked the world, God’s outpouring of his Spirit changed history for good. We will celebrate the birthday of the Church with Elizabeth Sadler who will be baptised into the family of Christ at the 10am Eucharist.

Learn more about St Michael & All Angels, and all that is going on by clicking here which will transport you to our website. No matter where you are on the journey of faith, you are always welcome at St Michael & All Angels!

Author: Gavin Knight

The Revd Gavin Knight has been the Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown in the Oxford Diocese since September 2011. After serving his title at St Alphege, Solihull, Gavin became parish priest of St Andrew's Fulham Fields in London. He moved to Wales in 2005 becoming Chaplain to Monmouth School. He is married to Jo, a clinical psychologist, and they have three sons.