Reigate Deanery is one of the largest of the 25 deaneries in the Diocese of Southwark and one of two in the Archdeaconry of Reigate. The other one being Tandridge Deanery which came into being in 2016 as a combination of Godstone and Caterham Deaneries.
The deanery presents an opportunity for the parishes to work together, sharing resources, experiences and opinions so that we can enhance the mission of the church in exciting and fresh ways. The 23 parishes in the deanery together contribute £1.3 million towards the £16 million total budget of our Diocese.
The Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the Deanery. Each church is represented by their clergy and lay representatives. The number of lay people that can represent a parish depends on the size of the electoral roll. The current membership is around 120 with an average attendance at meetings of around 60. The programme for the evening often includes a visiting speaker on a particular theme as well as an opportunity for “Parishes to Share” news and a formal business agenda with reports from the other bodies on which the Deanery is represented.
In addition to the Synod the Deanery organises events and services throughout the year which include workshops, with an opportunity to study aspects of church life, quiet days as well as healing and wholeness services.
The representatives on the Deanery Synod elect those who serve on the Diocesan and General Synods.