Church Wardens

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, Events and Visitations for Churchwardens

Visitations

Archdeacon Visitations for 2016 took place in Canterbury, Tenterden and Sittingbourne during the first fortnight of May. Details of next year’s Visitations will be publicised on this page in early 2017 as well as in the Visitation News which is publicised each Spring for churchwardens.

Training for new churchwardens takes place annually by archdeaconry.

Church wardens and others are invited to attend these services for prayer, worship and the formal admission of church wardens.  The visitations will be held at 7.30 pm on the following dates:

  • 11th May            Joint Maidstone & Ashford Archdeaconries        Benenden, St George
  • 15th May            Maidstone Archdeaconry                                   Minster Abbey, Sheppey
  • 17th May            Ashford Archdeaconry                                       Canterbury Cathedral
  • 18th May            Canterbury Archdeaconry                                   Canterbury Cathedral

Online faculty application training

Following the two training sessions last October, the diocese is running two further Online Faculty Training sessions for those who were unable to attend last year. As of January 2017, the Diocese of Canterbury moved to an online faculty application process and these training sessions will look at the specifics of that process, led by the National Training Officer, Julie Patenaude.  She will address how to register, how to start an application, where to find help and what happens to the applications.  In addition, members of the DAC and an Archdeacon will be in attendance to answer any general faculty questions. It is critical that anybody responsible for faculty applications feel confident using the online system so please come along to one of these sessions as these will be the last opportunity to attend. If you attended a session last October at Christ Church Academy in Dover or Archbishop’s School in Canterbury then you do not need to attend either of these sessions as the content will be identical.

  • Thursday 16th March (6.30-9.30pm) – with Archdeacon Stephen, Archbishop Courtenay School, Maidstone – More information and book here
  • Wednesday 17th May (9.30am-12.30pm) – with Archdeacon Philip, Godmersham Village Hall, nr. Ashford – More information and book here

Training for new Church Wardens within a social event will happen on the following dates, please pass this information to all new or prospective churchwardens for their diaries:

  • Ashford Archdeaconry: Wednesday 28th June from 6.30-9pm at St Luke’s, Hawkinge
  • Canterbury Archdeaconry: Thursday 29th June from 6.30pm – 9pm at the Canterbury Archdeaconry
  • Maidstone Archdeaconry: Monday 26th June from 6.30–9pm, at the Maidstone Archdeaconry

Training for all Church Wardens

Workshop style training will be arranged from 9.30am – 1.00pm to include workshops on a variety of mission, ministry and local church topics – please save the date:

  • Saturday 9th September – Ashford Archdeaconry (venue TBC)
  • Saturday 7th October – Maidstone Archdeaconry (venue TBC)
  • Saturday 14th October – Canterbury Archdeaconry (venue TBC)

Please email Holly Adams on hadams@diocant.org for any other information relating to Churchwarden training.

Autumn training for all churchwardens: Online Faculty Training Days

The faculty training days for churchwardens on 8 and 15 October are being opened up for all those who have an involvement in the faculty application process.  In January 2017, the Diocese of Canterbury will be moving to an online faculty application process and the training day will look at the specifics of that process, led by the National Training Officer, Julie Patenaude.  She will address how to register, how to start an application, where to find help and what happens to the applications.  In addition, members of the DAC and an Archdeacon will be in attendance to answer any general faculty questions. ***Please note – the content of these training days has changed since first advertised***

  • Saturday 8th October 9.00am – 12.30pm – Dover Academy – For more details and to book please click here
  • Saturday 15th October 9.00am – 12.30pm – Archbishop’s School, Canterbury (please note, this venue has changed since advertised in Visitation News) – For more details and to book please click here

Thanks to all those wardens who attended the Churchwardens’ training on faculty legislation in October and November 2015. Richard Morrice, Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Council (DAC) and Ian Dodd, Secretary to the DAC led these sessions and their handout can be downloaded on the right hand side of this page.

Please email Holly Adams on hadams@diocant.org for any other information relating to Churchwarden training.

Episcopal Visitations 2014

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