Synodical Government Measure 1969

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Citationmeasure 1969 No. 2


Synodical Government Measure 1969

A MEASURE passed by The National Assembly of the Church of England to provide for the vesting by Canon of the functions, authority, rights and privileges of the Convocations of Canterbury and York in the General Synod of the Church of England, and for the modification by Canon of the functions of the said Convocations when sitting separately for their provinces; to rename and reconstitute the Church Assembly as the General Synod, and to make further provision for the synodical government of the Church of England, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.

[25th July 1969]

WHEREAS the Convocations of Canterbury and York, on the 8th day of October 1968, resolved that the functions, authority, rights and privileges of the said Convocations should, by Canons made by them with Her Majesty's Licence and Assent, vest in the Church Assembly to be renamed and reconstituted as the General Synod of the Church of England.

AND WHEREAS it is expedient to give effect to the said resolution and to bring to an end the present dual exercise of functions by the Church Assembly and the Convocations, and to provide a system of synodical government for the Church of England.

S-1 Vesting of functions and authority of Convocationsin a General Synod.

1 Vesting of functions and authority of Convocationsin a General Synod.

(1) It shall be lawful for the Convocations of Canterbury and York to submit for Her Majesty's Licence and Assent Canons in the form set out in Schedule 1 to this Measure providing—

( a ) for vesting in the General Synod of the Church of England, being the Church Assembly renamed and reconstituted in accordance with this Measure, the functions, authority, rights and privileges of the said Convocations;

( b ) for modifying the functions of the said Convocations when sitting separately for their provinces;

and, if Her Majesty is pleased to grant Her Licence and Assent, it shall be lawful for the said Convocations to make, promulge and execute the said Canons, which shall have full force and effect.

(2) The functions so vested shall be exercisable in accordance with the Constitution of the General Synod set out in Schedule 2 to this Measure and shall be exercisable for the Church of England as a whole, instead of being exercisable provincially, but without prejudice to the making of different provision, where appropriate, for the two provinces.

(3) The provisions of sections 1 and 3 of the Submission of the Clergy Act 1533—

( a ) requiring the Queen's Assent and Licence to the making, promulging and executing of Canons by the said Convocations, and

( b ) providing that no Canons shall be made or put in execution by the said Convocations which are contrary or repugnant to the Royal prerogative or the customs, laws or statutes of this realm,

shall apply in like manner to the making, promulging and executing of Canons by the General Synod.

(4) The dissolution and calling together of the said Convocations in pursuance of the Royal Writ (or otherwise under the Church of England Convocations Act 1966 ) shall have the effect, in accordance with the said Constitution, of dissolving and bringing into being the General Synod.

(5) The functions vested in the General Synod by the said Canons—

( a ) shall include the power of the said Convocations as declared by the Convocations of the Clergy Measure 1920 , to make, promulge and execute Canons for the amendment of the Constitution of the Lower Houses thereof;

( b ) shall not include the functions of the said Convocations under the Measures mentioned in section 3 of this Measure, which shall be exercisable in accordance with that section.

S-2 Renaming and reconstitution of the Church Assemblyas the General Synod.

2 Renaming and reconstitution of the Church Assemblyas the General Synod.

(1) As from the appointed day, the Church Assembly shall be renamed the General Synod of the Church of England (and may be referred to as ‘the General Synod’) and shall be reconstituted in accordance with the Constitution of the General Synod set out in Schedule 2 to this Measure.

(2) References in sections 3 and 4 of the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 and in other Measures, enactments and instruments to the Church Assembly and to its Constitution and Legislative Committee shall, as from the appointed day, be construed as references or, where the contexts so require, as including references to the General Synod and its Constitution and the Legislative Committee appointed thereunder, respectively, and any definitions of the said expressions and of ‘the National Assembly of the Church of England’ in section 1 of the said Act and in the Interpretation Measure 1925 shall cease to apply or be limited to the said contexts.

S-3 Functions under the Prayer Book Measures andthe Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure.

3 Functions under the Prayer Book Measures andthe Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure.

(1) The powers of the Convocations of Canterbury and York to approve forms of Service with the agreement of the House of Laity under section 1 of the Prayer Book (Alternative and Other Services) Measure 1965 , and the powers of the Convocations and the House of Laity to extend or renew the period of use of any such form of Service, shall be exercisable by the General Synod with a majority in each House thereof of not less than two-thirds of those present and voting, and the said section shall take effect accordingly with the necessary modifications.

(2) The powers of the said Convocations to approve forms of Service under section 2 of the said Measure shall be exercisable by the General Synod, but the powers to approve forms of Service under section 4(1) thereof and to make regulations under section 4(2) and section 6 thereof shall continue to be exercisable by the said Convocations for their respective provinces.

(3) The powers of the said Convocations to give directions under section 1(2) of the Prayer Book (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 1965 , shall continue to be exercisable by them for their respective provinces.

(4) The powers exercisable by the said Convocations with the concurrence of the House of Laity under the Prayer Book (Versions of the Bible) Measure 1965 shall be exercisable by the General Synod.

(5) The powers exercisable by the said Convocations with the concurrence of the Church Assembly under section 2(1) of the Prayer Book (Further Provisions) Measure 1968 , and the powers exercisable by the said Convocations with the concurrence of the House of Laity under section 4 of the said Measure, shall be exercisable by the General Synod.

(6) The powers exercisable by the said Convocations or the Houses thereof under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 shall continue to be exercisable by them for their respective provinces.

(7) Section 1(2) of this Measure shall apply to the functions exercisable by the General Synod under this section, and accordingly the exercise of those functions shall be subject, in particular, to Article 7 of the Constitution of the General Synod.

(8) This section shall have effect as from the appointed day,

S-4 Constitution and functions of Diocesan Synods.

4 Constitution and functions of Diocesan Synods.

(1) Diocesan synods shall be constituted for all dioceses in accordance with Part IV of the Church Representation Rules contained in Schedule 3 to this Measure and the transitional provisions contained in Schedule 4.

(2) The functions of the diocesan synod shall be—

( a ) to consider matters concerning the Church of England and to make provision for such matters in relation to their diocese, and to consider and express their opinion an any other matters of religious or public interest;

( b ) to advise the bishop on any matters on which he may consult the synod;

( c ) to consider and express their opinion on any matters referred to them by the General Synod, and in particular to approve or disapprove provisions referred to them by the General Synod under Article 8 of the Constitution:

Provided that the functions referred to in paragraph ( a ) hereof shall not include the issue of any statement purporting to declare the doctrine of the Church on any question.

(3) It shall be the duty of the bishop to consult with the diocesan synod on matters of general concern and importance to the diocese.

(4) Except as may be provided by standing orders or directions of the diocesan synod, the advisory and consultative functions of the synod under subsections (2)( b ) and (3) of this section may be discharged on behalf of the synod by the bishops council and standing committee appointed in accordance with rule 28 of the Church Representation Rules contained in Schedule 3 to this Measure, but either the bishop or the body so appointed may require any matter to be referred to the synod.

(5) The diocesan synod shall keep the deanery synods of the diocese informed of the policies and problems of the diocese and of the business which is to come before meetings of the diocesan synod, and may delegate executive functions to deanery synods; and shall keep themselves informed, through the deanery synods, of events and opinion in the parishes, and shall give opportunities for discussing at meetings of the diocesan synod matters raised by deanery synods and parochial church councils.

(6) The General Synod may by Canon or Regulation extend, amend or further define the functions of diocesan synods, and if any question arises as to whether any matter falls within the functions of a diocesan synod as laid down by subsection (2) of this section or any such Canon or Regulation relating to that subsection, it shall be decided by the bishop.

(7) As soon as a diocesan synod has been constituted, the diocesan conference shall be dissolved...

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