Helen is youngest ever to be elected
A 22 year old from Colchester, Helen Jones (pictured) has been elected to the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod.
The Pastoral Secretary to Chelmsford Diocese, Nathan Whitehead commented:
"At the age of 22 Helen Jones is, I believe, the youngest person ever elected to the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod, our 200 strong church regional parliament, in the 101 year history of the Diocese of Chelmsford.
"Our Synod votes on issues of national importance such as women bishops and takes financial and organisational decisions affecting the 594 Anglican churches in Essex and east London.
"We look forward to welcoming Helen to the first session of the new Synod at Chelmsford Cathedral this November."
Helen Jones added:
"Having recently been elected onto the Diocesan Synod, I am very much looking forward to representing Colchester Deanery by taking part in the Synod debates.
"I am hoping that my involvement will encourage more young people to make their voices heard in the Church."
Helen has recently finished a discipleship year with a placement at St Luke's church in Highwoods, Colchester doing children's and families' work. She will be starting a new role in the church in September, working with young people and university students.
Synod representatives are elected for a three year term.
Bishops and Archdeacons are Synod members because of the post they hold.
Some Synod members are co-opted by one of the Houses (of Laity and Clergy) because of an expertise they can bring to the Synod.
The bulk of Synod is made up of clergy and lay representatives elected by their Deanery to represent them.
Read the 2015 Synod election results in full.