As part of the archdeacons’ legal duties under Canon 22, they are required to visit churches regularly and to make comments and recommendations regarding both the fabric and the life of all the churches in the diocese.
In 2023, Carol, Karen and Matthew would also like to take the opportunity, as they begin their first full year, to meet and have conversations with wardens or parish representatives about any concerns.
It will also allow them to familiarise themselves with all the lovely churches in their areas.
Alongside this, there are also a few areas they would like to have open discussions with parishes about, to gain an understanding of what the actions and feelings are across the diocese on a number of important issues such as:
- Mission Action Plans
- The Fuel Crisis – how are parishes coping?
- Eco Church - whether you have any particular environmental practices and what actions are/will you be taking to move your church towards the 2030 net zero carbon target?
- Communications within the diocese:
- A Church Near You - is your church listed?
- How often do you tend to use the churchwarden section of the diocesan website?
A form is available to download, which the archdeacons will bring with them to make notes on during the course of the visit.
You don’t need to complete anything beforehand unless you would find it useful yourself as an aide memoire, but please could you make sure you have the registers and other relevant paperwork out ready.
The PAs in the Archdeacons Office will be contacting either wardens or PCC secretaries as appropriate during the course of late 2022/ 2023 to make appointments.
We will be hoping to contact the following two groups prior to Christmas, with a view to visiting in the period between January to Easter:
- Parishes in vacancy
- Parishes which have no wardens
The archdeacons will look forward to meeting you all, to having the opportunity to talk and to seeing your wonderful churches.