5th – 7th June 2017
The Annual Congregation was held at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, from 5th to 7th June 2017. In addition to the clergy and delegates there were a number of guests who had come to mark the 90th anniversary of the union of the original FCE with the UK branch of the REC.
Among these were Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America (who preached at the Eucharist on the last morning), Presiding Bishop Ray Sutton and Bishop David Hicks of the Reformed Episcopal Church, Bishop Gerhard Meyer of Die Anglikanische Kirche in Deutschland, Bishop Jasmin Milic of the REC diocese in Croatia and Bishop Trevor Walters of the Anglican Network in Canada. All of these brought greetings to Convocation.
One afternoon was devoted to a session on Church Revitalisation led by Canon Phil Ashey of the ACNA via Skype.
Convocation also agreed to divide the Home Mission Fund into a fund devoted exclusively to mission and a Church Maintenance and Development Fund to which applications for small grants for fabric can be made.