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 was attended by more than 125 churchwardens, parish administatores and other s involved in the leadership of their churches.  Below are handouts from teh workshops.  More will be added over the next few days so do check back.


  • 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.