March 2015 Standing Committee News

The Standing Committee of the General Synod met on Tuesday the 10th March 2015 in Church House, Dublin. The meeting was chaired by the Archbishop of Armagh and by the Archbishop of Dublin. Mrs Ethne Harkness led the meeting in a scripture reading and prayers before business commenced.

Priorities Fund Grants
The Chairman of the Priorities Fund Committee, Mr Roy Totten, presented its report and recommendations for 2015 grants from the 2014 fund to the Standing Committee for its consideration. Mr Totten outlined how the Fund recommended 54 grants totalling €566,202, having received 82 applications requesting grants of c. €1.9m, and he noted that grants towards four church plants were included – these commit to further resources from future years in order to encourage sustainability over 2–3 year periods.

After discussion, the report and recommendations were received and adopted. As recommended by the Priorities Fund Committee, and in order to try to keep level with inflation, it was agreed that the diocesan targets for contributions to the 2016 fund should be increased by 1%.

The Archbishop of Armagh expressed sincere thanks to Mr Totten, the members of the Priorities Fund Committee and to its Organiser, Mrs Sylvia Simpson.

Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures
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