New church role for Lancaster vicar

Rev Michael Gisbourne
Rev Michael Gisbourne

A Lancaster vicar said he is “humbled and delighted” to be appointed as Chaplain to the Church of England’s General Synod.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced that the Rev Michael Gisbourne, vicar of Scotforth St Paul’s Church, has been given the position for the next five year session.

Working on a voluntary basis, Mr Gisbourne, who was previously a vicar in Garstang and Freckleton, will coordinate a team of volunteers, drawn from Synod members and others to assist with the delivery of Synod worship.

He said: “I am excited and humbled to be supporting the work of Synod through helping to coordinate worship and prayer.

“I have more than 22 years of experience as a parish priest leading people in worship, and am more involved in liturgical education at a diocesan level with experience of constructing and leading worship at a variety of Diocesan events.

“I look forward to playing my part to enable Synod to transact its business in the context of Anglican worship.”

Mr Gisbourne will report into a small sub-group for Synod worship appointed by the Archbishops and chaired by the Rt Rev Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor and Man and Vice-Chair of the Liturgical Commission. The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level.

Welcoming the new chaplain, Bishop Robert said: “Michael brings a great deal of commitment and a variety of locally-based experience to the role. At his interview, he displayed an enthusiasm offering Synod a range of styles of worship, prayer and music which reflect the richness of Anglican traditions. I am delighted to welcome him.”

Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, added: “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 General Synod.”