A deanery is a group of local Anglican parishes. St James is in Hampton Deanery with fifteen other parishes from Hampton, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton.
A deanery synod ('synod' means 'council') consists of all licensed clergy and a certain number of elected lay representatives from each parish in the deanery. St James Hampton Hill has three lay members, who are elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting for a three year term of office. A representative must be on the electoral roll.
Hampton Deanery Synod meets three times a year, hosted by each of the churches in turn. Meetings are covened by the Area Dean, the Reverend Joe Moffatt, who became Area Dean in 2014. Here are some its activities: