Useful Resources

A Churchwardens’ website at www.churchwardens.com gives much useful information, with links to various other web sites and written material.

Useful books include:

AN ABC FOR THE PCC (5th Ed.)
By John Pitchford. Published by Continuum, price £14.99. ISBN 978-1-90628-607-1. Practical advice and information about the legal and spiritual duties and responsibilities of PCCs. Buy

A HANDBOOK FOR CHURCHWARDENS AND PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCILLORS
by Kenneth M. Macmorran and Timothy J. Briden, 2010 ed, pub Continuum Books, ISBN 978-1-4411-5474-3, price £10.99. This book provides a good general guide to churchwardens’ and PCC members’ duties and responsibilities Buy

PRACTICAL CHURCH MANAGEMENT (2nd Ed. 2005)
By James Behrens. Published by Gracewing, price £20.00 ISBN 085-2-446-020. A very practical guide to many day to day matters, including finance, repairs, security, insurance, church meetings, child protection, services, food hygiene, data protection, copyright, employment law, charity law, VAT, etc. Buy

THE CHURCHYARD HANDBOOK, published by Church House publishing Buy

YOUR CHURCH AND THE LAW
by David Parrott, published by Canterbury Press, price £14.99, ISBN 978-1-85311-927-9, includes examples of real-life issues, and answers to frequently asked questions Buy

CHURCHWARDEN’S DECLARATION
Each year, newly elected Churchwardens complete a Declaration in the form of the Churchwarden’s Declaration Form, usually at the Archdeacon’s Visitation – a copy can be downloaded here and completed in advance of the Archdeacon’s Visitation. The Norwich Archdeaconry will invite PCC Secretaries to return electronic copies by email, duly completed with the names of new Churchwardens, prior to the annual Visitation, and the Archdeacon will have the printed forms available for signature by the new Churchwardens at the Visitation. Hopefully this new system will save everyone having to remember to bring their forms to the Visitation, and should make the declaration process more straightforward.