ORIGINS OF CHURCHWARDENS
An office so ancient that there is no account of its origin.
Their primary office probably was to take care of the church and its goods on behalf of the parishioners.
These church wardens needed to be able to read and write an it is surprising that many names are recorded whom we can recognise living locally and so early who were able to do so.
Churchwardens are elected annually under the provisions of the Churchwardens Measure 2001
by the Annual Meeting of Parishioners, as the senior laypeople of the parish and congregation.
Their term of office is one year, and they may serve for up to six consecutive terms of office,
unless the Annual Meeting passes a resolution to set aside this rule.
They are the Bishop’s officers, and are admitted to office each year by the Archdeacon, on behalf of the Bishop.
Their first responsibility is to the Bishop, usually via the Archdeacon.
They, with the parish priest, are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the parish.
Churchwardens are vital to the health and wellbeing of our church communities.
It is an important and, at times, a demanding role.