Churchwardens are key lay leaders in parishes. They have a significant role to play in the tone and flourishing of their church community and how it is perceived in the wider community, alongside particular legal responsibilities.
Each year, the Archdeacons host two days to come together, explore the role, offer up to date guidance, and provide opportunities for discussion and mutual support, as well as the answers to specific questions. The days are open to existing and potential Churchwardens. Some churches appoint deputy churchwardens with a view to them perhaps serving as Churchwardens in the future. The training days can give a very good picture of what to expect when in office.
The Archdeacons and the team from Mission Support and Ministry Development organise the days and they are advertised at the Archdeacons' Visitations.
The Churchwardens' Handbook
The handbook is downloadable from the bottom of this page.
Training Days 2024
Dates for 2024 Churchwardens' Days will be announced shortly, please check back here or on the Events and Training Calendar for further information.
Links for Churchwardens
The following links may be of interest:
- Bath and Wells Twitter account
- Bath and Wells Facebook page
- Church of England website
- Churchwardens England Facebook page
- Parish Resources page
- John Truscott help leaflets
- UCAN (UK Church Administrators Network)
- Parish Buying scheme
Who to contact
If you have any questions about training or support then please either contact your Archdeacon's office or Julia Hill.