Archdeacons' Visitation

Every year, the Archdeacons’ Visitations take place. These are formal church services, during which Churchwardens across each Archdeaconry are admitted. They make a formal declaration and the Archdeacons offer prayer and encouragement.  Visitations will not be happening in 2020 due to the Coronavirus and the admission of churchwardens to office will need to be done in individual parishes. The admission to office can be done by the incumbent or another ordained minister as appropriate.  Churchwardens need to make the declaration and update their contact information:

Churchwarden's declaration | DOCX

Churchwarden's Contact form (new and existing Churchwardens) | DOCX

Please return the completed forms by email to the Archdeacon’s PA, Diane Matthews or by post to Diane Matthews, Churchwarden Declaration, Bishop’s Office, 4 Park Road, Ipswich, IP1 3ST.



Rural Dean's Visitation

The Rural Dean on behalf of the Archdeacon carries out a visitation to every parish (and usually to all the church buildings within the parish) on a three-yearly cycle.  (This is not the same as the Archdeacon’s Annual Visitation at which Churchwardens are admitted see above).

The purpose of the visitation is to check that the parish is complying with the requirements of various Measures; in particular, the Inspection of Churches Measures 1955, the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 and the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991. 

Visitations will entail the issue by the Archdeacons' Office of a Questionnaire.  The Rural Dean will require to see and inspect all parochial registers and records held in the parish, the inventory and log book, the minute and account books, insurance policies, the PCC’s policies on child protection, employees’ contracts, and insurance policies; to review progress on quinquennial works; and to inspect the storage of valuables and to inspect the buildings and curtilage, and security and safety.  A report by the Rural Dean will be made to the Archdeacon after each visitation has been completed. 

Again these visitations will not be happening in 2020 due to the Coronavirus; further information will be announced once available.




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