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

The 2021 date(s) will posted here once finalised.

Training for Churchwardens  - Postponed until further notice

2020 Spring Churchwarden Training:
Ecclesiastical Insurance Guidance & Faculty Update

As a new year gets underway we are very pleased to let you know about the spring Churchwardens training for 2020 which will take place across the Diocese.

Training sessions will cover:

  • Insurance Cover overview
    What is covered by your insurance and what you do you need to know
  • Health and Safety
    Legislation update and good practice guidance for churches
  • Faculties legislation
    2020 changes to the Canon, including Lists A & B.

Rebecca Chantler, Insurance Consultant to Canterbury Diocese from Ecclesiastical Insurance, has kindly offered to lead the Insurance and Health and Safety discussions. This is general information and updates, discussion and will be relevant and informative for all Churchwardens and parishes – whoever your insurers are.  The Archdeacons and DAC team will lead the discussion about update to the Faculties legislation effective in 2020. There will be a chance also for any general questions that people would like to ask.

Training for new Churchwardens

There is one session in each archdeaconry each year. These sessions are led by the Archdeacon and experienced Church Warden and trainer Jean Winn and include supper.