Swearing In of Churchwardens 2021

A message from the Venerable Hugh McCurdy, Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech and the Venerable Dr Alex Hughes, Archdeacon of Cambridge

Dear Churchwardens,

The Bishop’s Office has recently sent out a letter authorising parishes to hold virtual APCMs this year.

Although the Government’s recent announcement about the gradual lifting of restrictions is encouraging, there are still too many uncertainties to make definite plans and so we have decided to hold virtual swearing-in events again, as we did in November 2020.

Once again you will be able to register to attend any one of the 24 Swearing in Events and the format will be the same as in November with a short (no more than 20 minutes) online meeting in order to be sworn into office by an Archdeacon.

We would encourage you to REGISTER NOW for one of the events and to mark the date and time in your diary. Please note that additional services or events, outside of the dates mentioned below, are not being planned so you are therefore strongly encouraged to register for one of the online events.

Click on the link below to select your preferred event.  Once you are registered you will receive a confirmation email and you will be sent the log-in details nearer the time.

Swearing in Events will be held on 7th, 9th and 10th June 2021

[Click here] to book your place.

We are also taking this opportunity to support all Churchwarden’s awareness of their safeguarding responsibilities. The Safeguarding Team will provide a short virtual Safeguarding Briefing on the days of the Swearing in Events, so when booking your place for the Swearing in Event, please also book a slot at the Safeguarding Briefing [click here]. 

If you have recently completed the Safeguarding Leadership course there is no requirement to attend the briefing. If you have any queries please contact the Safeguarding Team [email protected].

We have written to all first and second named churchwardens with an email address but if you know of a fellow churchwarden that is not online, then please kindly work together to ensure this information reaches everybody.

All being well, it looks as if it should be possible for small groups of people to meet so perhaps if your fellow Churchwarden does not have internet access, or if you cannot use Zoom for any reason, we would like to encourage you to arrange to be sworn in together in a small group.

Please do ask your local parish clergy person/Rural Dean to help you to facilitate this. We are writing separately to all Rural Deans, requesting that they fully support you and your local clergy person, so that you may all be legally sworn in.

Please remember that the Office of Churchwarden is an annual office and it is a legal requirement for ALL churchwardens to be sworn in every year by the Diocesan Registrar or Archdeacon. If you will be standing down as Churchwarden at the next APCM please ensure that you pass this information on to your successor.

Declaration form 2021

  1. Your Declaration form 2021 (which can be downloaded here) will need to be completed and returned electronically no later than Tuesday 1 June
  2. Please email your completed form to [email protected].

Please do not post your Declaration form unless absolutely necessary because the Diocesan Office remains closed. If you do have to post your form then please be aware that mail is being collected very infrequently.


Yours sincerely

The Ven. Hugh McCurdy & The Ven. Dr Alex Hughes

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