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What is a churchwarden?

Churchwardens are called to represent the people of God – they shall be foremost in representing the laity - and to work with the leadership of the parish, ordained and lay. 

It is a spiritual and missional calling – they shall use their best endeavours by example and precept to encourage the parishioners in the practice of true religion and to promote unity and peace among them; they shall also maintain order and decency in the church and churchyard, especially during the time of divine service. 

Churchwardens care for the fabric and property of the church, as stewards of God. 

How are they elected?

Churchwardens are elected annually at the parish APCM.

How long can they serve?

They should serve for a maximum of 6 years (unless the Meeting of Parishioners resolves otherwise).

What are the responsiblities of a Churchwarden in relation to fabric and content and Faculties?

For more information read this quick User guide to Faculties for Churchwardens or visit our Church Buildings page.


For more information about parish safeguarding visit our Safeguarding page.

A benefice in Vacancy

When a benefice is vacant, Churchwardens (along with the Area Dean) are sequestrators. This means they become the trustees for the income of the benefice and have some additional responsibilities. For more information, visit the Interregnum page.

Useful Resources and Training

List of useful Churchwarden resources

The Churchwarden's Year: Calendar of Church Maintenance

Training for churchwardens is available twice a year – dates to be announced.

Annual Visitation Service

Visitation Services take place in June each year following the election of churchwardens at the APCM. At the service the churchwarden makes a declaration in the presence of the Archdeacon or Registrar that he/she will faithfully and diligently perform the duties of the office in the year for which he/she has been elected.

Pastoral care for Churchwardens

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