Archdeacons' Visitations

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. The admission to office can be done by the incumbent or another ordained minister as appropriate.

Churchwardens should take their Declaration Form to the visitation service they attend. 

Churchwarden's declaration | DOCX

2022 Visitation Services

Suffolk Archdeaconry – 7.30pm

Deanery Date Venue
Waveney and Blyth 7 June 2022 Holy Trinity Church, Bungay
Woodbridge 14 June 2022 St Marys Church, Woodbridge
Loes 16 June 2022 St Michael’s, Framlingham
Colneys 21 June 2022 St Andrew’s Church, Felixstowe
Hartismere & Hoxne 23 June 2022 St Peter and St Paul, Hoxne
Samford 9 June 2022 All Saints, Holbrook
Saxmundham 28 June 2022 St John's, Saxmundham

Sudbury Archdeaconry – 7.30pm

Deanery Date Venue
Hadleigh 8 June 2022 Stratford St Mary
Thingoe 13 June 2022 St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds
Mildenhall 15 June 2022 St James, Icklingham
Gipping Valley 20 June 2022 St Mary and St Peter, Barham
Lavenham 22 June 2022 St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham
Ixworth 27 June 2022 St Mary the Virgin Church, Walsham-Le-Willows
Sudbury 29 June 2022 St Mary’s, Boxford
Clare 4 July 2022 St Peter and St Paul, Clare

Ipswich Archdeaconry – 7.30pm

Deanery Date Venue
Ipswich 22 June 2022 St Andrew’s Church, Rushmere


Parochial Visitations

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. 

Parochial Visitations will be going ahead later this year and Rural Deans will be in contact with the incumbent to arrange as and when they are due.

Parochial Visitation Form | PDF

Parochial Visitation Form | DOCX


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