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.

Training for all Churchwardens

Churchwarden Conferences: Changed Lives -> Changing Lives

The Changed Lives – Changing Lives Churchwardens’ Conferences were held in Lenham (7th October) and Broadstairs (14th October) and were attended by over 70 churchwardens in total.

The Conference for Ashford Archdeaconry was postponed to 24th February 2018. It will take place at Christ Church Academy in Dover. For more information and to book please click here.

Workshop handouts


Archdeacon Visitations for 2017 took place in Canterbury, Benenden and Sheppey during May. Details of next year’s Visitations will be publicised on this page in early 2018 as well as in the Visitation News which is publicised each Spring for churchwardens.

Training for new churchwardens takes place annually by archdeaconry.