What happens in a parish when both churchwardens are not
standing for re-election and no one can be found who is prepared to
stand for election? [Answers, 28
I read with sadness the response from the PCC treasurer John
Hewlett, who wrote that all the tasks around the church had been
left to the previous churchwarden. No wonder nobody wanted to hold
office if this was the expectation. Had no one read what the duties
of a churchwarden are?
Now that the work is shared by a good number of gallant folk,
they are all "caretakers", and the office of churchwarden can be
(a) to be the Bishop's representative in the parish;
(b) support of the clergy;
(c) spokesperson for the congregation to the Bishop or
Archdeacon, should a dispute arise, and present the annual inquiry
when the report of the parish's current situation is made;
(d) by virtue of annual election of as churchwarden, hold a
vital place on the PCC; and
(e) care of the building.
Note that (e) does not have to be hands-on. The office-holder
could be elderly or disabled and be well placed and respected in
other roles, and arrange for the practical jobs to be done.
Buildings and grounds need a team, from people with mops and vacuum
cleaners to people who can climb ladders, but also professional
craftsmen; and never forget when the church architect is needed. He
and the diocesan advisory committee (DAC) need to be your
I was a churchwarden for six years, and my successor has made
chanages to the way things are managed, besides incorporating
changes that I made. Times change; the needs of the building
change; vicars change; volunteers change.
Churchwardens are willing people, but the parish needs to work
with them, and everyone needs to make a contribution. Holton
Parish, look again at electing a churchwarden or two. My prayers
are with you.
Cradley Heath, West Midlands
New Testament writers quote the scriptures with
commendable accuracy. Given that they had no text in front of them,
and heard the scriptures read only on the sabbath, how did they
Would it be appropriate to suggest to the Bishop the
name of a retired priest who has had, and still maintains, an
outstanding ministry for possible appointment as a prebendary or
honorary canon, orwould the fact that he is retired and over 70
make him ineligible? If the latter, could his outstanding ministry
be recognised in any other way?
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