Churchwardens and Deputies/Assistants
There are usually two Churchwardens who share leadership as lay leaders of the Parish. They work closely with the Vicar through two-way communication, prayers and a shared vision of the Mission Action Plan. They take an active role in the Parochial Church Council (PCC), promoting the whole mission: pastoral, evangelical, social and ecumenical, and they have a duty of care towards the clergy and his/her family. An annual Inspection is undertaken by the Archdeacon or a representative of the Diocese, which focuses on the morale of the Parish and the Vicar and family, ensuring that all necessary services are being held, records kept up to date and there is a positive atmosphere overall.
Churchwardens have many duties and legal responsibilities: keeping an inventory (Terrier) of all Church matters, building maintenance, Faculties, finance, fabric of the Church, churchyard, congregational welfare, order at services, security, insurance, health and safety, safeguarding, the Mission Action Plan and the Quinquennial (5 yearly) architect's inspection.
St Michael's currently has one Churchwarden - Rosemary Thomson.
Up to four deputy Churchwardens may be appointed and St Michael’s has three: Terry Pigram, Peter Rixson and Roger Sudbury. They give full support to the Vicar and participate alongside the Churchwardens in the general running of the Parish and are involved in most aspects of the administration of the Parish.
Assistant Churchwardens are on duty at Church services, mainly on Sundays but at Festivals and other one-off events. Prior to services, they ensure that other volunteers have arrived in good time to attend to their various duties and, in turn, give support to the Vicar, Churchwarden and deputies.