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. The dates of the 2020 Visitations will be available in spring 2020

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. The dates of the 2020 training dates will be available in late spring 2020.

All churchwardens

Changed Lives – Serving Together in our local communities: A confernce for Churchwardens and Parish Administrators

12 October 2019, 9.30am – 1.15pm at John Wallis Academy, Millbank Road, Ashford, TN23 3HG

This conference, is an opportunity to gather for learning, prayer and sharing of the issues and challenges that unite us as we minister together with Christ. We are delighted to have Bishop Tim Thornton as our Key Note Speaker.

During the course of the morning there will be an opportunity to attend two workshops from the choices below.

  • Learning God-talk: How a simple conversation at PCC might change everything
  • Missional Learning Communities: Reshaping the church of the future – now!
  • Resourcing the frontline: Effective parish admin especially during a vacancy
  • Engaging with your local community
  • Changed Churches>Changing Lives?
  • Encouraging generosity in your church-stewardship and giving
  • Locally grown ministry- helping it grow!
  • Understanding your Vicar
  • Telling your story better
  • Reaching children and young people where they are- home, church and school
  • Staying spiritually healthy- in the midst of it all

We will round off the morning with a sandwich lunch and an opportunity to chat informally with workshop leaders and diocesan staff whilst browsing the market place.

For more information and to book a place click here.

If you have any queries or wish to register for more than one person please contact Sarah Lucas, 01227 459401 ext. 232.


  • 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.