Churchwardens 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 - watch this space. 

Episcopal Visitation with Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin

"I look forward to meeting many of you at the Visitations in the Cathedral at 7.30pm on 7 and 15 September, where churchwardens from our three archdeaconries can come together to worship and, strengthened by God and fellowship with one another, take up the commission of office.

"These services give me not only the joyful opportunity of admitting churchwardens into office, but also to share my thoughts about where we are as a diocesan family and where God might be calling us to be." Bishop Rose

Training for Churchwardens

Wednesday 28 July for Ashford afternoon session 3pm to 5pm (afternoon tea) – venue: Charing Barn - please contact

Wednesday 18 August for Maidstone evening session 6.00pm to 8.00pm (supper included) – venue: Maidstone archdeaconry – please contact

Wednesday 1 September  for Canterbury evening session 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm – venue: Canterbury archdeaconry  (supper included) please contact  

You are welcome to choose any date that suits you best as the training will be the same at each occasion.  We hope that one of these dates proves possible for you to attend this training opportunity.  The archdeacons are here to support you in your role and look forward to working alongside you.

Archdeacons' Visitation News

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You can now order the 2022 Churchwardens Yearbook or the 2021 copy at a reduced price here.