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

New Churchwardens’ Training with Jean Winn
Online training from an experienced colleague, for new churchwardens and any who weren’t able to take part in previous years. Join with your archdeacon or come to whichever session is most convenient.

  • Ashford Archdeaconry - 9 December 2020, 6.30pm (Book here)
  • Canterbury Archdeaconry - 3 December 2020, 6.30pm  (Book here)
  • Maidstone Archdeaconry - 1 December 2020, 6.30pm (Book here)

 All Churchwardens’ Q&A.
A chance to share issues of concern and clarify the latest on Covid and other compliance issues.

  • 24 November, 2pm facilitated by Archdeacons Darren Miller and Andrew Sewell (Book here)
  • 30 November, 6.30pm facilitated by Archdeacons Darren Miller and Jo Kelly-Moore (Book here)

Lenten Churchwardens’ Conversations
Reflecting together on our shared experience and looking to the future.

Afternoon Sessions (4pm-5pm)

  • Ashford Archdeaconry - 9 March 2021 (Book here)
  • Canterbury Archdeaconry - 2 March 2021 (Book here)
  • Maidstone Archdeaconry - 10 March 2021 (Book here)

Evening Sessions (6.30pm-7.30pm)

  • Ashford Archdeaconry - 18 March 2021 (Book here)
  • Canterbury Archdeaconry -  16 March 2021 (Book here)
  • Maidstone Archdeaconry - 15 March 2021 (Book here)