At head of title: "General Synod elects a new primate. With the election of a new primate in July , AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada] welcomes a new Board Chair: The Most Reverend Linda Nicholls". A brief listing of four resources available for purchase from Anglican Foundation: a booklet, silk scarf, tote bag and AFC purple journal.
Booklet: "Dear God: Prayers for young children. A colourful prayerbook for children 5-8 years old, teaching them to pause four times in the day to give thanks and think of others. There's a colouring book version available too ! $5 each".
"AFC silk scarf. Available in two styles: black and fuchsia or purple and pink. A favourite of Archbishop Anne Germond [diocese of Algoma, shown wearing scarf in photo], Vice-chair of AFC. $40 each".
"AFC tote bag. 15" x 16" black canvas tote bag with cloth handles, featuring pink AFC leaf and logo. $5 each".
"AFC purple journal. Comes with AFC pen. $10 each".
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3. That this Commission desires to emphasize the importance of teaching our Sunday School children from their earliest years to engage in active work for others, and of providing opportunities for such work. CARRIED in both Houses.
St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church, in Northwest Cove, Nova Scotia, is the smallest of the three church in the coastal parish of Blandford but it is also home to the biggest service of the year at Christmas when up to 127 people overflow the pews for the Christmas Eve service at 4:00 pm. The rector since 2004 is the Rev. Laura McCue who regularly includes children in all church services but is also committed to social outreach and the care of seniors.
The author, an Anglican parish priest, offers two "episodes in an ongoing attempt to involve children as more than spectators in the liturgy of the word. It includes both positive and negative learnings".
That this General Synod endorse, in principle, the inclusion of children in the life of the General Synod, and further that the Organization Committee in conjunction with the National Executive Council be charged with the responsibility of developing a process by which this principle can begin to be put into meaningful practice in the Synod of 1995. [CARRIED Act 48]
Moved by: Mr. T. Maffin
Seconded by: Mr. R. Dickson
That the words. "endorse in principle", be deleted and replaced with "commit itself to".
Mr. George Axon addressed Synod regarding the possible financial implications of the amendment and, following discussion, the mover and seconder recommended withdrawal of the amendment.
Moved by: Mr. G. Axon
Seconded by: Ven. W. Stephens
That the question be now put. CARRIED Act 47
The original motion was then put at CARRIED Act 48
That future meetings of General Synod seek to include children and young persons aged 6-17 years; and
1. that the Youth Unit and the Children's Unit, in consultation with the Agenda Task Force, be responsible for involving these people in the life of General Synod through appropriate age related programs, and
2. that these young people be drawn from both the diocese and the locality in which Synod is held, and
3. that the Youth Unit and Childrens' Unit explore with Administration and Finance, and the Organization Committee, the feasibility of sharing the cost of involving these people in the life of General Synod, between General Synod and dioceses in the same manner as it currently is for members.
That this motion be referred to the Organization Committee. CARRIED Act 157