A Vacancy occurs following the resignation or retirement of the priest.
In the Vacancy the Churchwardens are legally in charge of the parish and act on behalf of the Bishop in looking after the interests of the parish. If you have any questions, the Rural Dean, the Archdeacon and the Diocesan Secretary will be pleased to assist.
The Diocesan Handbook explains the Vacancy Procedure for the Diocese of St Albans in full:
Section A: General and preparatory
Section B: Formal procedures: also for the PCC Secretary
Section C: Payment of expenses incurred during the vacancy: also for the PCC Treasurer
Section D: The parsonage house
Section E: The new appointment
The Churchwarden section of the English Clergy Association website has information about dealing with the Vacancy process.
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