Church Representation Rules 2017

The Church Representation Rules have been updated and the 2017 edition is now available online, free of charge, on the Church of England website, at Church Representation Rules 2017.

A hard copy of the Rules is available for purchase from Church House Publishing at Church House Publishing – Church Representation Rules 2017. A ‘Kindle’ version of the Rules can be bought from Amazon at Church Representation Rules 2017 – Kindle version

Parochial Fees 2017

With effect from 1st January 2017 a new Parochial Fees Table is in effect. This may be found at Parochial Fees Table 2017

Churchyard Regulations 2016

The Chancellor has published some new 2016 Churchyard Regulations, and some fresh guidance for bereaved families on burials in Churchyards. These are available at Burials and Memorials.

Apply for Faculties Online

In the Diocese of Norwich and a number of other dioceses, it is now possible to make applications for faculties using a new online system. This is one of the outcomes of the continuing project being undertaken by the Church of England to simplify church administration.

Simply register your church details at https://facultyonline.churchofengland.org/ and you can get started. Once the initial information has been completed, this will appear automatically in the forms required at subsequent stages in the process, so that the application should be simpler and quicker to complete and submit.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the DAC Office (01603 882350) or the Diocesan Registry (01603 756459) and we will try to help you through the process. If you have any suggestions for improvement of the online system, do please let the DAC Office or the Registry know, and we can feed these suggestions back to the Church Buildings Council, which has been leading the development of this online system.

Marriage – Common Licence – Foreign Nationals

IMPORTANT NOTE – IMMIGRATION ACT 2014

MARRIAGE OF FOREIGN NATIONALS

  • With effect from 2 March 2015, foreign nationals from countries outside the European Economic Area are not able to marry in a Church of England ceremony after the publication of banns or under the authority of a Common Licence. Instead they need to apply either for a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate (this is the route which they should normally follow) or, where necessary (because they have no qualifying connection with the relevant parish church, or where they wish to marry in a building which is not licensed for marriages) a Special Licence from the Archbishop’s Faculty Office. The note at Immigration Act 2014 – Guidance Note gives more information about this change. A Special Licence is only appropriate to authorize marriages according to the rites of the Church of England, and is necessary where a couple does not have a legal right to be married in a particular parish church or where the building itself is not licensed for marriages, including school and college chapels, cathedrals, etc. A Special Licence is also necessary for Anglican marriages to take place in a hospital or hospice or at home, where there is urgent medical necessity and where no other preliminary is available. Otherwise the parties should proceed under the authority of a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate.
  • Applications for Common Licences made before 2 March 2015 are unaffected.
  • Where both parties to an intended marriage are UK  nationals, the marriage may proceed after the publication of banns or on the authority of a Common Licence, as at present, or on the authority of a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate or, where necessary, a Special Licence.
  • Where one or both parties are nationals of other countries in the European Economic Area, the parties should apply for a Common Licence as at present, or may proceed on the authority of a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate or, where necessary, a Special Licence.

If you have questions about the correct procedure under the new rules, please contact the Diocesan Registrar, Stuart Jones (telephone 01603 756501, email stuart.jones@dioceseofnorwich.org) for advice.

Diocesan Synod Standing Orders

The Diocesan Synod approved some minor amendments to the Synod’s Standing Orders at its meeting on 15th June 2013. A copy of the revised Standing Orders may be found at  Diocesan Synod Standing Orders June 2013

New Edition of the Canons

Church House Publishing have published a new looseleaf edition of the Canons of the Church of England (7th ed. 2012, ISBN 978 0 7151 1058 4). The new edition includes Amending Canons No’s 28 and 29, making changes respectively to Canon B44 (Local Ecumenical Projects), and to Canons C12, C25, D3, E6, G2, G3 and H2 (various changes, including matters arising from the introduction of Common Tenure).

Clergy Guide to Marriage Questions

The General Register Office has produced a very useful Guide for the Clergy, which will be of particular help to clergy dealing with marriage registers, but it also contains a good outline of the general law relating to marriages, as well as baptisms and burials.