Synod Organization Committee

Report of the Organizational Committee of Synod. To the Bishop, the Chancellor and the Members of Synod: The Synod Organizational Committee meets regularly throughout the year to plan for the annual meeting of Diocesan Synod. It also meets to prepare for special sessions of Synod as necessary. The Committee discusses the finances of Synod and makes annual recommendations as to Synod fees and other costs. As well, details as to venue, meals, set up, audio visual needs, evaluation forms, comments and the preliminary agenda are addressed and discussed. Our volunteers and members are to be thanked for this behind the scenes ministry.

For information regarding past or present Synods of Huron, please contact Sarah Chase, Synod Coordinator.

Rescheduled for September 26, 2020. 

2020 Synod – Letter from Bishop Todd Townshend

2020 Synod – Letter from the Secretaries of Synod

2020 Synod Prayers

2020 Convening Circular

Past & Future Synods
Synod 2019 – Downloads
Charge to Synod – Bishop Linda Nicholls, May 27, 2019 Click here for the text (PDF)
Huron Popular Report – Rev. Cheryl Highmore Click here for the text (PDF)
Synod 2018 – Downloads
Charge to Synod – Bishop Linda Nicholls, May 28, 2018 Click here for the text (PDF)
The Primate’s Address to Synod, May 28, 2018 Click here for the text (PDF)
Huron Popular Report – Brittany Cartwright Click here for the text (PDF)
Synod 2017 – Downloads
Charge to Synod – Bishop Linda Nicholls, May 29, 2017 Click here for the text (PDF)
Huron Popular Report – Jeff Kischak Click here for the text (PDF)
Synod 2016 – Downloads
Charge to Synod – Bishop Robert Bennett, Sunday, May 15, 2016 Click here for the text (PDF)
Huron Popular Report – Matthew Kieswetter Click here for the text (PDF)
Address to Synod – Bishop Linda Nicholls Click here for the text (PDF)

Future Synod Dates

Year Diocesan Synod Provincial Synod General Synod
2020 May 24-26
2021 Further Dates To Be Determined
2022 Further Dates to Be Determined
Frequently Asked Questions
Q What materials do I need to take with me to Synod?
A The minimal information you will require at Synod is: Registration Form (previously mailed)
Section 3 – Motions
Q Where do I find the Registration Form for Synod?
A Registration forms will be mailed out to all Synod Delegates.  If you did not receive one, you should contact Cathy at Church House @ 519-434-6893, or toll free 800-919-1115 ext. 221
Q This is my first Synod.  Is there any information that will help me understand the process?
A Yes. From this site you can get a copy of So You’re Coming to Synod
Q I would like to go online to download the necessary documents.  How do I do this?
A Contact Sarah Chase for complete information on how to download the Convening Circular
Q Do I have to download all of the documents in each section?
A No.  You can view, print, and/or save whichever documents you wish.  You have 2 choices to do this; each page has been scanned separately and can be viewed this way, or you can download the entire section.
Q How do I make a motion at Synod?
A Please see Section 0-4 to 0-6 of the Convening Circular

So You’re Coming to Synod Welcome Program For more information, please contact: Sarah Chase Synod Administrator & Administration Coordinator Paul Rathbone Director, Administrative Services

Constitution and Canons
TOC Table of Contents
Glossary Canon Definitions
Constitution Constitution
Canon 1 Election of a Bishop
Canon 2 Election of a Coadjutor Bishop or a Suffragan Bishop
Canon 3 Appointment of Dignitaries and Other Officers and their Duties
Canon 4 Candidates for Ordination
Canon 5 Candidates for Orders who have been Ordained in Another Denomination
Canon 6 Clergy Licenses, Permits, Leaves of Absence and Letters Dimissory
Canon 7 Permission to Officiate
Canon 8 Licensing of Lay Leaders
Canon 9 Clerical Appointments and Vacation
Canon 10 Retirement of Bishops, Clergy and Lay Employees of Diocese
Canon 11 Notice to be Given on Leaving a Parish
Canon 12 Partnership, Realignment, Reorganization, Disestablishment and Administration of the Parishes/Congregations of the Diocese
Canon 13 Rectories
Canon 14 Title to Real Property, Acquisition, Sale, Financing, Maintenance and Repair of Church Buildings
Canon 15 Investment of Trust Funds
Canon 16 Parish Records and Their Custody
Canon 17 Authorized Service Books and Scriptural Translations
Canon 18 Vestries and Churchwardens
Canon 19 Parish Councils
Canon 20 Differences Between Clerics and Their Parishes/Congregations
Canon 21 Discipline
Canon 22 Financial Appeals
Canon 23 Episcopal and Archdeacon’s Fund and the Sick Benefit Fund
Canon 24 Diocesan Mission Grants
Canon 25 Ordination Outfit Grants
Canon 26 Elections of Members to General and Provincial Synods and of Standing Committees of Synod
Canon 27 Bishop’s Fund for Professional Assistance of Clerics
Canon 28 The Diocesan Budget and Its Apportionment
Canon 29 Administration and Finance Committee
Canon 30 Archdeaconries and Regional Deaneries
Canon 31 Deanery Council
Canon 32 Revolving Loan Fund
Canon 33 Diocese of Huron Pension Plan
Canon 34 Retiring Gratuity and Group Life Insurance
Canon 35 Insurance
Canon 36 Other Committees
Canon 37 Archives and Archives Committee
Canon 38 Identification
Canon 39 Human Resources Committee
Canon 40 Screening in Faith
Canon 41 Cemeteries
Canon 42 Huron Development Fund
Canon 43 Chapels of Ease, Cemetery Chapels and Summer Churches
Canon 44 Litigation
NATIONAL CANONS Link to the canons of the Anglican Church of Canada

Marriage Canon Task Force

Considering the Proposed Changes to the Marriage Canon

Resources for the Diocese of Huron
Marriage Canon Task Force (MCTF)

General Synod 2016 passed a resolution to change the Marriage Canon (Canon XXI, On Marriage in the Church) so it will apply to “all persons who are duly qualified by civil law to enter into marriage.” This resolution will only come into effect if it is passed by General Synod at a second reading (in 2019). Between the first (2016) and second (2019) reading, the resolution is to “be referred for consideration to diocesan and provincial synods.”

Overview of the Diocese of Huron Consideration Process

Diocese of Huron Marriage Canon Consultation Report

General Resources:

  • Background Paper and Resources, March 2017, MCTF
  • Written to accompany the 2017 Report to Synod; includes a brief overview of events and actions, as well as links to resources, from the Anglican Church of Canada, the Diocese of Huron, and across the Anglican Communion.
  • Timeline, Summary taken from March 2017 Background Paper, May 2018, MCTF
  • Summary of Theological and Scriptural Issues, September 2017, MCTF

Synod 2018 Video Resources:

Deanery Gatherings Resources, 2017:

Synod 2017 Resources:

Other Resources:

Chain of Prayer

Clergy Toolbox

Bishop's Clergy Conference and Huron Clergy Days
February Clergy Days

All clergy are expected to attend one of the four days.

February 7, 2019  Saugeens: St. Paul’s,  248 High St, Southampton, ON N0H 2L0
February 14, 2019 London: Church of St. Jude, 1537 Adelaide St N, London, ON N5X 1K6
February 21, 2019 Essex: St. Mark’s by the Lake, Tecumseh, 150 St Marks Rd, Windsor, ON N8N 2H4
February 28, 2019 Waterloo: St. George’s, Forest Hill, 321 Fischer-Hallman Rd, Kitchener, ON N2M 4X9

REGISTER ONLINE (Registration form here)

Bishop’s Clergy Conference 2019

Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre
7021 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls

September 25, 26 & 27


Liturgical Standards and Other Resources

Parish Toolbox


As you are planning for parish renovations of the Church or Hall it is critical to consider issues of accessibility.

To help you think through physical accessibility including for your liturgical spaces, the following people with experience concerning accessibility issues are available for initial consultations (one or two) including a visit to the site:

  • The Rev. Matthew Arguin – Associate Priest, Regional Ministry for St. Alban the Martyr & The Church of St. Jude
    Phone: 519-455-5788
    Email: [email protected] 

Finance/Admin Toolbox

2021 Financial Documents
 2021 Forms & Documents

2020 External Insurance Groups Program

Huron Archives

The Verschoyle Phillip Cronyn Memorial Archives

In response to COVID-19, the Archives will be closed to church personnel (other than Archives staff) and patrons until further notice.

Closed churches are advised to transfer their archival records on a temporary basis to the church to which it has been amalgamated until such time the Archives reopens.

Active churches are advised to retain their archival records until such time the Archives reopens.

Patrons requiring birth, marriage and death information are advised to contact the Archives by phone or e-mail.

Archives staff are available at the Archives to take all other inquiries and may be reached by phone or e-mail.

Research in the Diocese of Huron Archives may be undertaken in the following manner:

In person at:
1349 Western Road, London
(below the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, Huron University College)

Click here for directions

Monday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 – 3:30 PM (4:00 PM when the Archivist is present)
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursdays and weekends closed

Patrons are encouraged to make an appointment first before using the Archives.

By mail addressed to:
Diocese of Huron Archives
Huron University College
1349 Western Road
London, ON
N6G 1H3

Phone: 519-645-7956
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 519-645-8669

Archives and the Parish
(What goes to the Diocesan Archives and what does a parish keep?)

Due to the Privacy Act, no research will be undertaken unless accompanied by a letter and an accompanying fee. In the case of a Baptism or a Marriage record, a letter must be signed by the individual whose information you are seeking.







Those doing genealogical research must clearly indicate the purpose for their research. All requests are answered first in order of arrival and secondly, in order of priority. Requests for extract are usually answered within one week.

Fee Schedule
  1. The daily fee for visitors seeking genealogical information is $25.00.
  2. Genealogical research carried out by the Archivist will be done at an hourly rate of $25.00.
  3. Fee for an extract of a Baptism, Marriage or Burial record is $20.00.

Note: We do not provide an “actual” certificate of the requested extract.

All fees are payable in advance and are non-refundable. Cash, cheque or money orders are acceptable and

U.S. funds are accepted at par. All fees are subject to change without notice.

The policy of the Anglican Church in Canada forbids the duplication of Parish Records for circulation or for profit. Access to certain records may be restricted, subject to the permission of the Bishop of the Diocese.

Employment Opportunities

Ministry Opportunities

As of February 16, 2021 the following parishes are without rectors/incumbents:


  • Christ Church, Meaford

PARISHES WITHOUT INCUBMENTS (they have supply, Interim or transitional ministry): 

  • St. James’, Wallaceburg and St. James’, Port Lambton (part-time)
  • St. Paul’s, Port Dover (part-time)
  • St. James, Ingersoll
  • St. Paul’s, Stratford
  • St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s, St. Thomas (part-time)
  • Trinity, Port Burwell (part-time)
  • Christ Church, Petrolia and Christ Church, Forest
  • Christ Church, Amherstburg
  • St. Mark’s, Brantford
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Thomas
  • Parish of Rondeau Bay (St. Paul’s, Erieau, Trinity, Blenheim and Grace Church, Rondeau Park)

You are welcome to express interest in any of the above (including those in the interviewing stage) by writing or emailing Archdeacon Tanya Phibbs, Huron Church House. To assist you with your decision as to whether you wish to express interest, we welcome requests for parish profiles.


St. Paul’s-Trinity Anglican Church, Wingham is seeking an organist and/or pianist to be our new Music Director.

Our small and dynamic SATB choir enjoys singing a variety of styles of music including cappella. Our church has a Yamaha upright piano and a new Rodgers-2 manual dig ital organ with full pedal board.

Salaried PosItion. Résumés and any questions may be sent in confidence to [email protected] or 519-357-7781.