In other news from General Synod, I hear they have decided to reject the call to raise the fees for weddings and funerals.
A good thing too, you might think. However, it’s not quite as simple as it seems.
So what are the positives? Well, the proposed move was to make some pretty sharp hikes in the basic costs of a funeral (Â£102 to Â£150) and weddings (Â£284 to Â£425) as part of a larger body of work sorting out the way in which the church charges for occasional offices.
However, in anyone’s book, those price rises are pretty steep and, naturally, many clergy, church congregations and Synod members were concerned about what that might mean for mission and ministry at local level. It may not be much of the overall bill for a wedding or a funeral, but it’s still a hefty increase and it doesn’t really look good.
And herein lies the problem. Read more