Vicar made chaplain of church’s highest governing body

Former Freckleton and Garstang vicar, Rev Michael Gisbourne, has been named chaplain of the Church of England's highest governing body - the General Synod - for the next five years.
Former Freckleton and Garstang vicar, Rev Michael Gisbourne, has been named chaplain of the Church of England's highest governing body - the General Synod - for the next five years.
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A former Garstang vicar has been named chaplain of the Church of England’s highest governing body - the General Synod - for the next five years.

Rev Michael Gisbourne, who has more than 22 years of experience as a parish priest, will work with a team of volunteers to deliver workshops on Christian worship.

They include clergyman Carolyn Johnson from St Hilda’s in Bilsborrow and Vivienne Goddard from All Saints, Preston who were elected from Blackburn Diocese;

Giving a short address at the first meeting of the new Synod to introduce himself, Rev Gisbourne, now Vicar of Scotforth St Paul said: “It is an honour to be here, and I look forward to working with you to help the worshipping and pastoral life of Synod over the next five years.

“Worship may not constitute the main business for which Synod meets here, yet it is the foundation that undergirds, inspires and sources all that we do as Christians.

“The Archbishops are keen to welcome a broad range of worship and musical styles to reflect the range of traditions across the Church of England.

“They long to see a greater integration between the work of business and the work of prayer, so I plan to reflect this in our worship and to ground continuous prayer presence more deeply in our work and provide it with a greater focus on the business of Synod.”

Speaking about his appointment Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, said: “I am pleased Michael has been appointed to this important role. He has many years of experience and already coordinates worship at our own Diocesan Synod. I look forward to the worship events he will plan at future General Synod meetings.”