Visitation Services and election of churchwardens 2023

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Provisional dates and venues for the Visitation Services 2023 are:

Mercia Deanery

 Tue 13 June

  St Mark's Winshill

Dove and Derwent Deanery

 Weds 14 June


South East Deanery

 Tue 20 June

   St John's Smalley

Derby City Deanery

 Thu 22 June


Carsington Deanery

 Mon 26 June

  All Saints' Matlock Bath

Peak Deanery

 Wed 28 June


Hardwick Deanery

 Tue 4 July

  Christ Church Ironville

North East Deanery

 Thu 6 July

  All Saints' Wingerworth

The remaining venues will be confirmed as soon as possible.

During the service the wardens will be corporately admitted, and the archdeacon will deliver his/her charge.

The church will be open at least 40 minutes before the service.

We will assume you will attend the service for your deanery unless you state to the contrary on the Certificate of Appointment.

It is expected that all clergy and churchwardens will be able to attend one of the above visitations (it must be in your own archdeaconry) and churchwardens are asked to indicate on the Certificate of Appointment which one they will be attending.

In the extreme circumstances that none of these is possible, the churchwardens unable to attend should contact Cathy Luffman in the Archdeacons’ Office: cathy.luffman@derby.anglican.org   

Churchwardens are not legally in office until admitted.


↓ Download the visitations notes for churchwardens

↓ Download the visitations notes for incumbents

↓ Download the Certificate of Appointment of Churchwardens

↓ Download the Trustee Eligibility Declaration / HMRC Fit and Proper Person form

See also

» All about APCMs

» Resources for churchwardens

Incumbents, priests-in-charge or chair of the APCM of benefices should complete and sign the Certificate of Appointment of Churchwardens.

Newly elected churchwardens should read, complete and sign the Declaration on the Certificate of Appointment of Churchwardens and the Trustee Eligibility Form & HMRC Fit and proper Person Declaration.

The completed forms should be returned to the Archdeacon’s Office at Derby Church House (address on the back of the certificate) so as to arrive within seven days of the meeting at which the warden was elected and certainly no later than TBC. The form can also be scanned over to the email address above.  

If a parish does not have an incumbent or priest in charge or that person is on sick leave, the chair of the APCM should sign as the chair of the meeting.

NB: if a lay chair is also to be sworn in as churchwarden, it is important that the election of churchwardens is chaired by someone else (e.g. area dean, PCC treasurer or member of the clergy) and that person should complete and sign the first section of the Certificate headed “To: The Incumbent or Priest-in-Charge”.

Lay chairs of Deanery Synods, members of Parochial Church Councils, sidespersons and partners of churchwardens are welcome to attend the Visitation Service to their wardens.


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Last modified on Monday, 24 October 2022 17:11