At the time of preparing this report the Standing Committee had met once since the last Diocesan Conference, this being December 2017, the March 2018 was cancelled due to lack of business and availability of key officers.
In considering the 2018 Conference it was agreed that the Bishop would advise on the format of the meeting, looking to the future of the diocese. A full discussion of this is planned for the June 2018 meeting of the Standing Committee. It has however been decided that there will be the inclusion of a new Question and Answer session as part of the business of the day. The Conference will be held at the University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Lampeter Campus on Saturday 6th October 2018.
Following the adoption of the Revised Diocesan Conference Constitution in 2014, the membership of the Standing Committee has been reduced, with representation being determined by Archdeaconry. Standing Committee consists of 21 people. In 2017 a new Standing Committee was elected for the triennium 2017-2019
The Standing Committee continues to receive all conference reports at the June meeting, where members are given the opportunity to question the appropriate officer / chairman / secretary and to make amendments and additions to reports.
In addition to this all diocesan committees are asked to report annually to one of the meetings of the Standing Committee and to brief members as to what is currently happening outlining future developments and plans. The Standing Committee is now represented on all Diocesan committees, councils and directorates.
In accordance with powers devolved to it, the Standing Committee agreed to co-operate with the Bishop in the following re-groupings and pastoral changes:
- the parishes of Llwynhendy & Llangennech join the existing LMA of Bro Lliedi;
- the Parishes of Llanelli, Llwynhendy, Llangennech, Dafen and Felinfoel are all merged to create a new United Benefice to be known as Bro Lliedi;
- the United Benefice of Bro Lliedi become a Deanery, to be known as the Deanery of Bro Lliedi;
- the United Benefice of Bro Lliedi also become a Local Ministry Area to be known as the Local Ministry Area of Bro Lliedi;
- the parishes of Llanddowror and Llanboidy are de-grouped from the current Grouped Benefice of St Clears w Llangynin & Llanddowror & Llanfihangel Abercywyn & Llanboidy;
- the Parish of Llanddowror be grouped with the Grouped Benefice of Laugharne & Llansadwrnen;
- the Parish of Llanboidy move from the Deanery of Carmarthen and the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen and join the Deanery of Pembroke and the Archdeaconry of St Davids;
- the Parish of Llanboidy be grouped with the Grouped Benefice of Whitland (Eglwys Fair Glyn-Taf w Cyffig & Henllan Amgoed & Llan-gan w Llandysilio & Clunderwen;That the new groupings be known as the Grouped Benefice of St Clears w Llangynin & Llanfihangel Abercywyn, the Grouped Benefice of Laugharne & Llansadwrnen & Llanddowror and the Grouped Benefice of Whitland (Eglwys Fair Glyn-Taf w Cyffig & Henllan Amgoed & Llan-gan w Llandysilio & Clunderwen & Llanboidy;
- the Rectorial Benefice of Dewisland be disbanded and the historic parishes of Brawdy, Solva, Whitchurch, Llanhowell and the Cathedral (St Davids) be reinstated;That the Cathedral (St Davids) Parish become the Deanery of the Cathedral (St Davids);
- the Parishes of Brawdy, Solva, Whitchurch, Llanhowell and the parishes of Llanrhian & Mathry w Grandston w St Nicholas & Jordanston and the Parishes of Nolton with Roch & St Lawrence w Ford & Hayscastle all be merged to create a new United Benefice (Parish) to be known as Greater Dewisland;
- the United Benefice of Greater Dewisland become a Deanery, to be known as the Deanery of Greater Dewisland;
- the United Benefice of Greater Dewisland also become a Local Ministry Area to be known as the Local Ministry Area of Greater Dewisland
The Standing Committee is moving towards the creation of 23 LMAs which will also be United Parishes and Deaneries. So far three have been created Bro Lliedi, Greater Dewisland and the Cathedral.
The Revd Marianne Osborne as Transition Missioner and Ministry Area Development Officer and her team are working with clergy and parishes to create these new units. This is being done in a number of tranches with the aim of all being in place by January 2020.