Churchwardens are the Bishop’s lay officers responsible directly to her 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.
Training for New Churchwardens
Upcoming training sessions for new churchwardens will include opportunities to network and socialise with one another on the following dates:
- Ashford Archdeaconry – 20 July from 3-5pm (afternoon tea included) at Charing Barn, Charing – contact Louise.Mills@archdeacashford.org
- Canterbury Archdeaconry – 21 July from 3-5pm (afternoon tea included) at St Paul’s Church hall, Canterbury – contact Louise.Mills@archdeacashford.org
- Maidstone Archdeaconry – 25 July from 6.30 – 9pm (supper included) at the Maidstone archdeaconry - contact Samantha.Mann@archdeacmaid.org
All churchwardens are warmly invited to attend the date that suits them best and are not restricted to the archdeaconry in which they serve.
The Archdeacons' Visitations in 2022
The services for the Archdeacons’ Visitations in June 2022 have now been agreed and we are looking forward to seeing you there. Details are as below.
Churchwardens, sides-people and others from the three archdeaconries are invited to attend these services for prayer, worship and the formal admission of Churchwardens. Anyone who cannot attend their specific archdeaconry date is welcome to attend the alternative dates. Do make the dates widely known.
In order to be admitted to office for the coming year, churchwardens will need to attend one of these service. If for good reason you are unable to attend the Visitation Service for your Archdeaconry please contact your Archdeacon’s office so that arrangements can be made for you to attend an alternative service.
All elected Churchwardens should print and complete this form on both sides and bring it to the service at which they are to be admitted, to give to the Archdeacon.
All services will be held at 7.30pm.
Including the Deaneries of Ashford, Elham, Dover, Sandwich and Romney & Tenterden, with Archdeacon Darren:
Including the Deaneries of Maidstone, North Down, Ospringe, Sittingbourne, and Weald, with Archdeacon Andrew:
Thursday 16 June – St Mary of Charity, Faversham. To book your tickets please use this link.
Including the Deaneries of Canterbury, East Bridge, Reculver, Thanet and West Bridge, with Archdeacons Darren and Andrew:
Wednesday 22 June – Canterbury Cathedral. To book your tickets please use this link.
Ashford and Maidstone Archdeaconries,
Including the Deaneries of Ashford, Elham, Dover, Sandwich and Tenterden & Romney, North Down, Ospringe, Sittingbourne, and Weald, with Archdeacon Andrew and Archdeacon Darren:
Tuesday 28 June – All Saints, Biddenden. To book your tickets please use this link.
A further email will be sent out in due course with an order form attached for the Churchwarden's Yearbook 2023 and the next edition of Visitation News.
- Archdeacons' Visitation News
- You can order the 2023 Churchwardens Yearbook or the 2022 copy at a reduced price here.
- Risk Management Guides for Churches - from Ecclesiastical Insurance
- Church Records and Archives - guidance for incumbents and churchwardens
- Churchwardens Handbook
Maintenance Booker is a website that 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. Using this 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 as time goes on, such as stonework and lime mortaring, bat surveys, and grounds and graveyard maintenance.
Resources from past training sessions
2019: Changed Lives – Serving Together in our local communities
- Locally grown ministry – helping it grow handout
- Growing Faith - reaching children and young people were they are
- Telling your story better
- Resourcing the Frontline – effective parish admin especially in a vacancy
- Staying spiritually healthy in the midst of it all
- Changed Churches, Changing Lives - DAC handout
- Encouraging generosity in your church
- Giving by mobile phone
- Missional Learning Communities - outline
- Missional Learning Communities - a deeper look