Leyland reverend elected to general synod

Rev Alistair McHaffie from St Johns Church in Leyland
Rev Alistair McHaffie from St Johns Church in Leyland
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A Leyland churchman has been chosen as a new representative for general synod from the Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese).

Reverend Alistair McHaffie, of Leyland St John, was one of five clergy and six members of the laity elected from the diocese as the results were announced last week

Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson, congratulated the newly-elected members.

He said: “Elections and voting are always bittersweet, as some find themselves elected into a position and are delighted, while others are disappointed. So my congratulations to those elected to serve for the next five years and my commiserations to those not elected.

“I would also like to thank those who have served in the past but did not stand this time, one member of the laity for 25 years, and also to thank those who have been on general synod for a while, but who did not get re-elected on this occasion. We remain extremely grateful for the time and commitment given to the wider church in this way. Please pray for the new synod as it meets in November and especially those for whom it will be their first group of sessions.”

General synod consists of the House of Bishops and a House of Clergy, to which is added a House of Laity. It meets in February in London and in July in York, and occasionally in November in London.

It considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the church at national level.

The new general synod will meet for the first time at a special session at Church House, Westminster, next month which will be opened by the Queen.