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Last updated 26th January 2022

Archdeacons' Annual (Deanery) Visitations

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 June 2022, there will be two primary visitations, one in each archdeaconry.  Wardens will be sworn in by the Bishop and Archdeacons as officers of the Diocesan Bishop.  Details will be added to this page in the run up to the visitations.


The Primary Visitation for the Blackburn Archdeaconry will be held at Chorley St George's at 7.30 pm.

The Primary Visitation for Lancaster Archdeaconry will be held at Lancaster Priory at 7.30 pm


If you cannot attend a visitation, then please let the Archdeacon's PA know.


Churchwardens' Briefings

The briefing for the Blackburn Archdeaconry will be held on Monday, 29 June, details from Kelly Quinn.  The briefing for the Lancaster Archdeaconry will be held on Wednesday, 29th June. Details from Gill Beeley.




Churchwardens' Yearbook 2022  is now available, and orders are being taken - order form in word here.


The rest of this page contains all the paperwork relating to election of Churchwardens and other paperwork required to be legally compliant in the run up to the election of Churchwardens.  Please be aware that there are new Church Representation Rules effective from 2020 which impact on how PCCs and APCMs are organised, as well as the instruments.   


The Archdeacons  will write to all parishes with details relating to the year end and visitations for 2022.  The APCM has to be held by the 31 May, rather than April, in line with the Church Representation Rules 2020.    It is recommended that APCMs should be held after 17 May and before 31st May, ie  as late as possible.   Further advice will be provided as necessary.  


Letter of thanks to churchwardens from the Archdeacons is here

A letter regarding the Visitations from the Archdeacons is here

Admission of Churchwardens

It is intended to hold a Visitation service in each Archdeaconry.  Any limitations on numbers will be advised.  


If you have any questions regarding the admission of wardens, please contact  in the first instance.



The Notice for the Church door or noticeboard is the official Invitation from the Archdeacon to Churchwardens to attend a Visitation Service. 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 (to be uploaded in due course)


Notice for Blackburn Archdeaconry (link not live yet)

Notice for Lancaster Archdeaconry (link not live yet)


Election of a Churchwarden

All 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. 


Nomination as a Churchwarden

The Nomination Form for Churchwarden should be made 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); please do not send them in!


After election as a Churchwarden - Declaration forms

After election at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), a Churchwarden should complete the Churchwarden's declaration. Declaration in Word.  Please email this back to the office.  We are trying to reduce the amount of printing and paper we use in line with our Environmental Policy.  We are not using SurveyMonkey this year to allow you to enter your details.


Electoral Roll 

The Electoral Roll was revised in 2019.  The link to information is here.


Articles of Enquiry 

The Articles of Enquiry are now completed via the Parish Returns Online - in the same way as you would complete other returns.  Details about collection will be made available in due course.







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