Archdeacons' Visitations 2021

Every year, within the 42 dioceses of the Church of England, the Archdeacons Visitations take place. In the Diocese of Lichfield these are held in deanery groupings within each of the four Archdeaconries - Lichfield, Salop, Stoke-upon-Trent and Walsall - following the annual election of Churchwardens by the end of May.

Formally, the Visitations were a court where all Clergy and Churchwardens were cited to attend. More recently the format has changed so they take the form of a service, the key part of which is the official admittance of Churchwardens as office holders of the Diocesan Bishop. During the service, the Archdeacon also delivers a sermon called the Archdeacons Charge, the aim of which is to offer advice, encouragement and support to parishes in general and Churchwardens in particular.

Update March 2021

Due to the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19 we are in the process of deciding the details of the Visitations for 2021. Details will be available in due course of the way in which the visitations will take place. 

Those who are elected as churchwardens will be invited to take part and must confirm that they have a valid DBS certificate to be admitted to their post. If once the details are known for the visitations elected churchwardens are unable to attend, please let you archdeacon know, and arrangements will be made with your Rural Dean or Assistant Rural Dean.  

All the documents needed are available below.

If you have any further questions please liaise with one of our Archdeacons in the first instance.


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