Churchwardens, when admitted, are the Bishop’s lay officers responsible directly to him for the life and work of the church in the parish. Responsibilities laid upon them from time to time by the Bishop, or by the Archdeacon and the Area Dean, include ensuring the maintenance of the building, arranging for services to be taken in an interregnum and acting as ex-officio members of the PCC.

The appointment of Churchwardens is governed by the “Churchwardens Measure 2001”.

Please browse the links on the right hand side of this page to find documents designed to help and support churchwardens. There is a new Churchwarden Handbook coming soon to replace these documents.


Churchwardens, sides-people, clergy and others from the three archdeaconries are invited to attend these services for prayer, worship and the formal admission of Churchwardens. We will be joined at each Service by either the Commissary General or the Diocesan Registrar. Churchwardens and others are invited to attend these services for prayer, worship and the formal admission of churchwardens.

  • Monday 20 May – Ashford and Maidstone Archdeaconries (Joint) – 7.30 pm, St Mildred’s, Tenterden
  • Tuesday 21 May – Maidstone Archdeaconry – 7.30 pm, St Mary, Teynham
  • Wednesday 22 May – Canterbury Archdeaconry – 7.30 pm, The Cathedral
  • Thursday 23 May – Ashford Archdeaconry – 7.30 pm, St Mary’s, Dover

Training for Churchwardens

New churchwardens

There is one session in each archdeaconry in June each year. These sessions are led by the Archdeacon and experienced Church Warden and trainer Jean Winn. They include supper. If you are unable to attend the session in your Archdeaconry feel free to book onto one of the other sessions. If you are unsure which Archdeaconry your parish is in, search for your church on and your Archdeaconry is listed under ‘More Information’ and ‘Location Information’.

Ashford Archdeaconry                 20 June, 6.30pm-9.30pm    The Archdeaconry   contact Louise Mills

Maidstone Archdeaconry            26 June, 6.30pm-9.30pm    The Archdeaconry   contact Sam Mann

Canterbury Archdeaconry           27 June, 6.30pm-9.30pm    The Archdeaconry   contact Jo Manser

All churchwardens

Hold the Date: Diocesan Churchwardens’ Conference 2019

The 2019 Diocesan Churchwardens’ Conference will be take place on 12 October at the John Wallis Academy in Ashford.  More information will be available later in spring 2019

If you have any questions regarding training please get in touch with Sarah Lucas on


  • Maintenance Booker
    Maintenance Booker gives churches a straightforward way of arranging for companies with the right experience and qualifications to carry out many routine repairs and inspections and help keep the building in good order before small issues become larger problems. The service will be available from 3rd September 2018.Using the website churches can book gutter clearance and repairs, lightning protection inspection, tree surveys and maintenance as well as asbestos surveys and removal. More services will be added later in the year, such as stonework and lime mortaring with bat surveys, and grounds and graveyard maintenance in the pipeline. A video explaining MaintenanceBooker is available.