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Churchwardens

The information on these pages is aimed at anyone who is a churchwarden and the sort of areas that will be useful to support you in your role. Leaflets can be downloaded from the 'Resources' box on the left (below 'In this section').

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Churchwardens are vital to the health and wellbeing of our church communities. It is an important and, at times, a demanding role.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for please contact your area office.

Ramsbury office 
Sherborne office 

Red asterisk2014 Vacancy Pack- see resources box (left)

Click here for details of the new Churchwardens Yearbook

 

Contents

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Registry
Archdeacons Visitations 
Churchwarden Annual Mailing 
Annual Churchwarden Conferences 
Training Opportunities 
Care For Your Church Building 
Safeguarding 
Share 
Vacancies 
Looking after your Buildings and Contents 
Health & Safety 
Funding 
Useful Links 

Registry

The Registry section of the website contains information about the legal aspects of holding the post of churchwarden.

Responsibilities of a Churchwarden
Information for new Churchwardens 

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Archdeacons Visitations

The office of Archdeacon is an ancient one and the duties of archdeacons have varied considerably down the centuries and also vary considerably between dioceses. Their statutory functions include the following:

  • Assist the suffragan bishops with clergy appointments
  • Capability and grievance
  • Disciplinary issues
  • Faculties (planning consent for change in church buildings)
  • General Disputes
  • Individual pastoral care
  • Pastoral re-organisation
  • Parish difficulties or opportunities
  • Share issues (parish contributions to diocesan finances including clergy costs)

Key elements of the role of an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Salisbury

  1. Play a full and active part in the common life of the senior leadership in the diocese in sharing in the oversight and development of the diocese within the Bishop’s Staff.
  2. Provide a senior priestly presence in their particular area of the diocese.
  3. Exercise the statutory and customary ministry of an Archdeacon in the Church of England within the Diocesan of Salisbury; fulfilling all archidiaconal and legal duties enabling the bishop to exercise proper episcopal oversight.
  4. Alongside local responsibilities assume appropriate Diocesan, national and possibly international portfolios.
  5. Work alongside the Suffragan Bishop of the local county, the Bishop and Archdeacons’ Office staff, and colleagues from across the Diocese to facilitate the local delivery of Diocesan strategy and policy in a creative and appropriate fashion.
  6. Work alongside the rural deans in the area in ensuring good appointment processes, pastoral care and support for clergy and their families, and the encouraging and developing of clergy and parishes in mission and ministry.

Churchwardens are admitted annually at a service held at various churches throughout the Diocese. Times and venues of the services are advertised from February for the services that are usually held in May and June of each year.  Please contact your area office for details.

All churchwardens are expected to attend a service and are required to be admitted by 31 July. Churchwardens unable to attend a service in their own area are very welcome to attend a service out of their area.

The Bishop spoke to Churchwardens at four locations in May 2012
Bishop's Charge to Churchwardens 2012 [10.2 kB]

Archdeacons' Visitations News
2013.06 Churchwardens- Archdeacons' Visitation News [1.4 MB]

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Churchwarden Annual Mailing

Churchwardens are asked to provide a number of documents each year. Copies can usually be downloaded from the resources on the left of this page from February of each year.

  • Churchwarden Declaration   
  • Inventory
  • Archdeacons' Articles of Enquiry
  • Ramsbury Area Ride and Stride Form

 Please note that there are no Archdeacon's Articles of Enquiry for a year when the Bishop is carrying out the Visitation services.

Upon completion all forms should be returned to your area office.

Ramsbury office 
Sherborne office 

Two copies of your annual report and accounts should be passed to your deanery treasurer annually. Information about what should be included in these reports can be found here.

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Annual Churchwarden Training

Churchwarden conferences and/or training sessions are offered annually to all churchwardens, new or in post for a number of years. The aim is to give an opportunity to pass on information relative to your role but also provide a place to meet other churchwardens and swap experiences.

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Training Opportunities

The area regularly runs a number of other courses or days that may be of interest, these may be aimed at those who have responsibility for the church building, those wanting more ideas about Mission or perhaps offer a quiet day for reflection. For full details of the courses currently on offer, please see your area office page.

Ramsbury office 
Sherborne office 

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Care For Your Church Building

  • For help and advice about any changes that you may be considering in your church please contact either the DAC or your area office.
  • Approved architects listing – see DAC pages
  • Quinquennial Inspections – for information speak to your area office

Ramsbury office 
Sherborne office 

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Safeguarding

For any enquiries regarding safeguarding issues please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

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Share

If you have specific questions about your parish share, you are welcome to contact your Deanery Treasurer or your Archdeacon through your area office.

Ramsbury office 
Sherborne office 

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Vacancies

What to do if your vicar leaves? For this and any other question regarding a parish vacancy, please contact your area office for advice. Download the Vacancy Information Pack from the resources box to the left of the page.

Ramsbury office 
Sherborne office 

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Looking after your Buildings and Contents

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Health & Safety

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Funding

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Useful Links

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