Central Visitations 2017 - Lynn Archdeaconry
Churchwardens are reminded that they are not legally qualified to act officially in the role of Churchwarden until they have made the solemn declaration in the presence of the Archdeacon.
All Clergy, Readers, Licensed Lay Workers and Authorised Worship Assistants are invited to attend in support of the Churchwardens. If the time and location of their own Deanery Central Visitation proves inconvenient Churchwardens are welcome to attend a Central Visitation other than their own but their Archdeacon’s PA must be informed at least two weeks in advance of the date of the Central Visitation they wish to attend, so that the required paperwork can be made ready for them to sign upon arrival at the relevant Central Visitation.
Permission for licensed clergy to be excused altogether must be sought from their own Archdeacon via the Archdeacon’s PA. To attend an alternative Central Visitation please notify your Archdeacon’s PA. However, all licensed clergy are encouraged to attend the same Central Visitation as their Churchwardens in order to support and pray for them.
Incumbents and Priests-in-Charge are asked to note that a copy of this notice is being emailed to all licensed clergy, licensed lay officers (including Readers), AWAs, PCC Secretaries and Churchwardens in their benefice for whom we have email addresses. Incumbents are asked not to wait for the Annual Meeting to publicise this notice to those without email, to prospective Churchwardens where a change is likely to take place or to all other interested parties. In vacant benefices, the Rural Dean is kindly asked to distribute them to the Churchwardens in the benefice.
Churchwardens must register attendance before the service and should arrive in good time in order to do this. Incumbents have been sent a form on which to record the election of Churchwardens which they will send to their own Archdeacon’s PA immediately after the annual meeting. This form should not be countersigned by the Churchwarden until the point of registration at the Central Visitation in the presence of their Rural Dean or Rural Dean’s representative.
A warm invitation is extended to all holding the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate, including Readers, and to such other local church officers who wish to attend. The Archdeacons would be grateful if Rural Deans would invite the Deanery Lay Chair and other deanery officers. The Archdeacons ask Incumbents and Priests-in-Charge to invite those with permission to officiate in their benefice, thank you. Ministers of other Churches working with Anglican clergy will also be very welcome.