Safe Church - Diocesan Regulations

Safe Church – Diocesan Regulations 

As a community of Christian faith, The Diocese of Saskatoon is committed to creating and maintaining programs, facilities and a community in which members, friends, staff and volunteers can worship, learn and work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation or intimidation.  All persons associated with the diocese and it’s parishes should be aware that the church is strongly opposed to Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Harassment and Abuse in any form and that such behavior is prohibited by church policy. It is the intention of the church to take action in an attempt to prevent and correct behavior that is contrary to this policy and, if necessary, to discipline those persons who violate this policy.

In addition to the above the Diocesan Safe Church policy has guidelines for its buildings and properties.  

The Safe Church Committee will be presenting its final draft to members of the Diocesan Synod on October 4, 2019 for final approval and addition to the Diocese of Saskatoon Constitution and Canons.  After Synod approval the regulation will “roll out” to all parishes in each deanery for implementation.

This regulation will become a living document that will be updated and amended and will be monitored by the Canon Pastor who will be appointed immediately following Diocesan Synod.


From Disciples to Apostles: the Ministry of our Beloved Church

From October 3-5, 2019, at St. Matthew’s in Sutherland, our Diocese will be holding its 74th Synod with the theme: “From Disciples to Apostles: the Ministry of our Beloved Church”.

At this Synod we are looking/discerning/planning how we move forward with the work of being God’s people, doing God’s Will in proclaiming the Gospel in our communities, in both word and deed, across our diocese.

There are two sessions at Synod that we are calling you to prepare for in your home congregations and parishes:

1.  Sharing our Vision and Mission Statements

To make our time together during Synod more productive and enriching, Bishop Chris is requesting each parish to do some preparation in the month of September with some discussions in your home parish about your mission and /or vision statements and what your parish does that you feel works towards fulfilling these statements.

If your parish has not developed a particular mission or vision statement, you may work on developing a draft statement to share at Synod. Taking the time to consider all that your parish does within the parish and in your community can be a rewarding exercise.

In our Friday morning session at Synod, parishes will share their parish statements and activities in small groups with three or four other parishes.  This will be an enriching/informative/thought-provoking opportunity for parishes to learn from other parishes (that are both similar and different) about how we are living out our faith in our home communities.

What you learn here can affirm the work you have been doing, challenge assumptions and/or provide new ideas to take home.

2.  Being a Disciple, becoming an Apostle!

Jesus gave to us, the Church, the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28: 18-20).

“… make disciples of all nations”

How many of us have ever heard of ‘discipling’ or even been ‘discipled’ as we grew up going to church, that is, learning how to give expression to what we believe about God and to share with other people our faith and trust in God. Maybe we thought that is the work of only the clergy and evangelists?

We are all people of deep faith in God, with a rich spiritual life in Christ that we can share with others, in ways that are consistent with who we are! Our Lord did say to the disciples (and to us): “do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matt. 10: 19,20).

We will not only be learning about discipleship, but also gathering in small groups (of our own choosing) of 3 or 4 people as we explore some questions about the spiritual life. It is in small groups, where trust and openness can be nurtured, and our questions and wonderings can be shared, that discipleship can be a very meaningful way of sharing our faith in God.

Following Synod, Synod delegates will naturally report back to their home congregations about Synod, and about these two sessions in particular:

1.       What was learned about the ways other congregations/parishes are living out their vision/missions statements, that can be tried at home? 

2.       Develop one or more discipleship groups.  Keep the groups small. Be patient. Be prayerful. Learn to listen. Learn to share your faith in ways that are natural to you.

A Prayer for Synod

Lord Jesus Christ, in the Gospel we hear the
voice of the Father telling us to listen to you.

It is your voice that we heed.
It is your way that we follow.
It is your Spirit who leads us into all the truth.

Look kindly upon your Church in the Diocese of Saskatoon.
We pray that through the Synod our souls may
be stirred and our hearts set on fire
in order to bring new energy and zeal to the
mission of our local Church.

May the Synod inspire us to missionary
discipleship, so that filled with the faith and
boldness of the Apostles and first Christians,
we may draw others to you and to your Church.

Through you, Lord Jesus, we give glory to the
Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen!