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April 21st 2017 The Rectory Barthomley

My dear Friends,

How the Church has changed over the last century. In 1919

Parliament passed the Enabling Act. This established the National

Assembly of the Church of England which, for the first time, gave the

lay members of the Church a vital voice in all Church matters. Prior to this, the House of Bishops and the House of Clergy, meeting separately as the Convocations of Canterbury and York, were the Church’s governing body. All their proposals had to be debated and agreed by both Houses of Parliament before becoming the law of the land. Till then it was assumed, quite wrongly, that all members of Parliament were members of the C of E. The motives for the change were very mixed. From the Church’s point of view, there was the demand that the voice of the lay members should have a real, sometimes decisive role in all Church matters. Gone were the days when all was decided by Bishops, Clergy and the Patrons of the parish when a new parish priest was needed. Increasingly, the Church was needing its lay members to dig deep into their pockets. The old American revolutionary watchword, ‘No taxation without representation’ was being invoked. From the State’s vantage, ecclesiastical matters were very time absorbing and of little interest to many MPs and peers. At the same time, there were divisive issues, for example the revision of the Book of Common Prayer and the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales, where Parliament felt uncomfortable. So the Enabling Act was passed. It would have three houses – Bishops, Clergy and Laity – which would deal with all national Church matters, and where important issues were to be agreed by each house meeting and voting separately. The Church would pass Measures which would become the law of the land if approved by the Ecclesiastical Committee of Parliament. Parliament still had a role to play, to ensure that the rights of all citizens should be protected, for the C of E still has responsibility for all parishioners, regardless of their beliefs or none. I write about this because Barthomley is sending two members,Chris Bailey and Carolyn Allcock, to the Chester Diocesan Lay Conference which meets at Swanwick in mid-May. The Conference theme is the Church’s Mission today. The cutting edge of the Church’s mission in and to our generation is in the hands of its lay members. So we send our members to join with representatives of all the parishes of Chester Diocese to consult together and learn how to proclaim the gospel of hope in Jesus Christ for the world today, and in terms that will have a cutting edge today amid the dire questions that face us all in life today.

We will pray for them as they take their part, and we look forward to hearing their report when they return. With best wishes to you all. Darrel Speedy


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