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 Churchwardens

Training for new churchwardens:

There is one session in each archdeaconry in June each year. These sessions are led by the Archdeacon and experienced Church Warden trainer, Jean Winn. They also 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’.

Training for all churchwardens

Venues to be confirmed and booking not yet open – please save the date.

  • Ashford: 6 October 2018, 10am-1pm
  • Canterbury: 13 October 2018, 10am-1pm
  • Maidstone: 17 November 2018, 10am-1pm

Conference hand-outs from 2017/18

Please find below the handouts from the 2017/18 Churchwardens’ Conferences ‘Changed Lives → Changing Lives’:


  • 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.


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

  • Ashford and Maidstone, Monday 14 May – Sandhurst, St Nicholas
  • Maidstone, Tuesday 15 May – Newington, St Mary
  • Canterbury, Wednesday 16 May – Canterbury Cathedral
  • Ashford, Thursday 17 May – Canterbury Cathedral