Visitations

Every year, the Archdeacons’ Visitations take place. These are formal church services, during which Churchwardens across each Archdeaconry are admitted.

They make a formal declaration and the Archdeacons offer prayer and encouragement.

Churchwardens should take their Declaration Form to the visitation service they attend.

You will need to ensure each of the forms are completed.

Nomination of Churchwardens - Form A

This is for this year’s election of churchwarden and is to be completed before your Annual Meetings. Candidates should be made aware that it is the Diocesan Bishop’s expectation that all churchwardens in this diocese should be DBS-checked.

Download the Nomination paper


The Citation - Form B

This gives details of the date and venue for the Visitation Services in your Archdeaconry. In order to be admitted to office for the coming year, you will need to attend one of these services.

If for a good reason, you are unable to attend a Visitation Service for your Archdeaconry, please contact your Archdeacon’s office so that arrangements can be made for you to attend an alternative service.

Please select your Archdeaconry below to access the forms

Barking Area

  • Barking Archdeaconry

    The Ven Christopher Burke, Archdeacon of Barking
    includes the Deaneries of Barking & Dagenham and Havering

    Deanery: Havering
    Date: Wednesday, 12th June 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Cranham, St Lukes, RM14 1LD

    Deanery: Barking & Dagenham
    Date: Wednesday, 26th June 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Becontree South, St Martin, RM9 6UR

    Download the form

  • West Ham Archdeaconry

    The Ven. Elwin Cockett, Archdeacon of West Ham
    includes the Deaneries of Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest

    Deanery: Redbridge
    Date: Tuesday, 11th June 2024
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Christ Church, Wanstead Place, Wanstead, E11 2SW

    Deanery: Newham
    Date: Wednesday, 19th June 2024
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: All Saints, West Ham Church, Church Street, Stratford, E15 3HU

    Deanery: Waltham Forest
    Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2024
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road, Walthamstow, E17 8JZ

    Download the form

Bradwell Area

  • Chelmsford Archdeaconry

    The Ven Jonathan Croucher, Archdeacon of Chelmsford
    Includes the Deaneries of Brentwood, Chelmsford, Epping Forest & Ongar and Maldon & Dengie

    Date: Monday, 10th June 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Theydon Bois, St Mary the Virgin, CM16 7JN

    Date: Thursday, 27th June 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: St Mary the Virgin Church, Hall Lane, Shenfield, CM15 9AL

    Date: Saturday, 29th June 2024
    Time: 10 am
    Location: St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Burnham on Crouch, CM0 8DA

    Date: Thursday, 11th July 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Church of our Saviour, Ashton Place, Chelmer Village, CM2 6ST

    Download the form

  • Southend Archdeaconry

    The Ven Mike Power, Archdeacon of Southend
    Includes the Deaneries of Basildon, Hadleigh, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock

    Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2024
    Time: 7pm
    Location: St Mary's Church, Church Street, Great Burstead, CM11 2TR

    Date: Monday, 1st July 2024
    Time: 7pm
    Location: St Augustine's Church, St Augustine's Avenue, Thorpe Bay, SS1 3NG

    Date: Wednesday, 3rd July 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: All Saints Church, Foyle Drive, Belhus Park, RM15 5HF

    Date: Monday, 15th July 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: St Andrew's Church, Church Road, Ashingdon, SS4 3HY

    Date: Tuesday, 23rd July 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: St George's Church, Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet, SS7 4DN

    Download the form

Colchester Area

  • Colchester Archdeaconry

    The Ven Ruth Patten, Archdeacon of Colchester
    Includes the Deaneries of Colchester, Harwich, St Osyth and Witham

    Deaneries: Colchester and Witham
    Date: Wednesday, 19th June 2024
    Time: 7pm
    Location: Witham, St Nicolas, CM8 2JS

    Deaneries: Harwich and St Osyth
    Date: Monday, 24th June 2024
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Lawford, St Mary, CO11 2JX

    Download the form

  • Stansted Archdeaconry

    The Ven Kate Peacock, Archdeacon of Stansted
     Includes the Deaneries of Braintree, Dunmow & Stansted, Harlow, Hinckford and Saffron Walden.

    Deanery: Hinckford
    Date: Wednesday, 5th June 2024
    Time: 6:45 pm
    Location: Earls Colne, St Andrew, CO6 2RB

    Deanery: Dunmow & Stansted
    Date: Monday, 10th June 2024
    Time: 6:45 pm
    Location: Great Dunmow, St Mary the Virgin, CM6 2SJ

    Deanery: Harlow
    Date: Thursday, 13th June 2024
    Time: 6:45 pm
    Location: Harlow, St Mary and St Hugh, CM17 0JT

    Deanery: Saffron Walden
    Date: Monday, 17th June 2024
    Time: 6:45 pm
    Location: Thaxted, St John the Baptist & St Laurence, CM6 2PL

    Deanery: Braintree
    Date: Thursday, 20th June 2024
    Time: 6:45 pm
    Location: Shalford, St Andrew, CM7 5HH

    Download the form


Certificate and Declaration - Form C

All elected Churchwardens should print and complete this form on both sides and bring it to the service at which they are to be admitted to give to the Archdeacon.

Download the form


Articles of Enquiry Form for the year ended 31st December 2024 - Form D

This is a simple form for you to complete. It is a legal requirement that needs your attention before the Visitation Service.

This form should be completed by you and be brought to the Visitation Service to give to the Archdeacon (please keep an extra copy for your parish records)

Download the form


Do you have everything you need?

You can download and print off the following checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your visitation.

Parochial Inspection form

Area Dean or Lay Chair Parochial Inspection form


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