Last updated 20th May 2019
Every year parishioners elect Churchwardens to represent them and to work with their parish priest in enabling Christian mission and ministry in their parish. In 2019, the Bishop of Blackburn will hold four primary visitations across the Diocese, where the Churchwardens are sworn in as officers of the Diocesan Bishop. The dates and venues are below.
This page contains all the paperwork relating to election of Churchwardens, completion of the Articles of Enquiry, and other paperwork required to be legally compliant in the run up to the election of Churchwardens.
Primary Visitation Services
Bishop Julian has written to all Churchwardens and Vision Champions inviting them to the Primary Visitations. His letter is here. The Archdeacons have written to all parishes with more details relating to the year end and visitations. That letter is here.
The Notice for the Church door or noticeboard is the official Invitation from the Archdeacon to Churchwardens and members of the PCC to attend a Visitation Service (usually). The notice should be displayed from the first Sunday after receiving the full documentation directly from the Archdeacon until the date of the Visitation. For the notice to display in your church, please click on the link below.
We are as usual holding two briefings, one in each Archdeaconry.
Blackburn will be held on 4 July at 7pm at Whalley Abbey. To book use this link
Lancaster will be held on 10 June starting at 7 pm with the admission of any wardens not yet sworn in, then the main event starting at 7.30 pm. But do come at 7pm to network. There are limited places available at this event at the Priory. To book use this link
Notices to Deaneries
Please click onto your deanery to print off the appropriate Notice for the Church Door.
Deaneries of ACCRINGTON, BURNLEY, PENDLE AND WHALLEY
Deaneries of BLACKPOOL, KIRKHAM, POULTON and PRESTON
Deaneries of BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN, CHORLEY AND LEYLAND
Deaneries of GARSTANG, LANCASTER AND MORECAMBE AND TUNSTALL
A Churchwarden should confirm that the notice has been displayed by returning the notice confirmation form to email@example.com , ideally by end April.
Nomination as a Churchwarden
The Nomination Form for Churchwarden should be made publically available for anyone on the church electoral roll to nominate someone as Churchwarden. The Archdeacons do not need to see the the completed form(s).
Election of Churchwarden
The forms relating to the election of churchwardens can be found on the Parish Resources Website.
This site also contains the forms for the election of PCC members, Deanery Synod members and administration of the electoral roll.
After election as a Churchwarden
After election at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), a Churchwarden should complete the Churchwarden's declaration either on-line (preferably) via this Survey Monkey link or print off and email the Declaration in Word format to Gillian.Beeley@Blackburn.Anglican.Org
Please return your forms by 1 May in order for us to be sure we have your names in time for the visitation. We shall also be updating the database - if your written declaration has not been received by May 31st, then you may not subsequently receive mailings etc from the Diocese.
The Electoral Roll is due to be revised this year (2019). The link to information is here.
The latest edition (2018) of the Archdeacons' Visitations News is here
Articles of Enquiry