1. An Officer of the Bishop answer to the Bishop (or
Archdeacon) as to the state of the parish and carry out
duties by law and custom.
attend a Visitation Service and give vows.
meet with the Archdeacon to discuss state of parish.
help to appoint vicar if and when necessary.
promote unity and peace among parishioners.
maintain order and decency in the church and
inform Bishop of any misconduct or neglect on the part
of the vicar.
2. A leading member of the Parochial Church Council.
co-operate with the vicar in promoting the whole
mission of the church.
encourage PCC members, and all members of the church,
in their Christian Faith.
lead the council, and council meetings, where
make various reports each year to the PCC.
ensure the PCC pays the parish contribution.
keep a log book of significant events in the life of
If none of the PCC will take office of treasurer, the
Churchwardens must do so.
3. Maintain the Church Building
regular checks of the state of the building and
liaise with the architect, tradesmen, insurers, etc.
keep a church key and ensure the church is accessible
care for the goods and ornaments of the church and
keep relevant records.
keep a list of any repairs carried out, including
dates, costs, etc.
make sure valuables are secure against theft and
4. Responsibilities regarding Services
ensure the church is prepared and ready for any
seating of the congregation in church.
responsibility for collections and recording and safe
keeping of sums received.
welcome and look after visiting clergy and readers
during vicars absence.
be prepared to lead a service in the absence of any
clergy or readers.
tidy up duties following each service.