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Regulations & policies

Regulations & policies

Accredited Lay Ministers

Information about Accredited Lay Ministry, Deaconesses and Church Army Officers.

Advisers on the Paranormal

Details of how to consult an adviser on the paranormal.

Archdeacon’s Parochial Visitation

This article describes the purpose of the archdeacon’s triennial parochial visitation, and contains details of relevant Canon law. Often, the visit is undertaken by the Area Dean, on behalf of the Archdeacon.

Audio and Video Recordings of Weddings and Baptisms

Copyright law concerning recordings of wedding and baptism services.

Authorized and Commended Services

Public worship in the Church of England is a matter governed by law. This article outlines the services which may be used in public worship.

Baptism guidelines

Guidelines for clergy, concerning good practice when carrying out baptism services.

Commissioned Lay Ministers

Information about the work of Commissioned Lay Ministers.

Communion guidelines

This page sets out for ministers of Holy Communion the policies they may need to refer to in special cases. They concern who may receive Communion, the commissioning of lay assistants, and gaining permission to reserve the Sacrament and to conduct a service of Communion by extension.


Legal implications for clergy of confidentiality in relation to pastoral support.

Confirmation guidelines

Guidelines for clergy and lay ministers, concerning good practice when preparing and presenting candidates for confirmation.

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