The Parish Office Handbook is designed to serve as a general source of information for parish officers, including the church wardens, treasurer, the vestry and others in a lay leadership capacity.  It provides information of a general nature.  

This guide is not intended to replace or supersede the many sources of information which already exist including The Anglican Church Act 2003 (as amended 2017); the Constitution and Canons; and the established regulations, policies and episcopal directives of the Diocese of Fredericton.  The intent is to provide information about the more common tasks that parish officers encounter and to answer some of the more frequently asked questions.

Full edition available here (revised March 2018)

Individual Sections:

  • Contents and Introduction *
  • Part 1: Our Diocese - Our Parish *
  • Part 2: Managing Parish Business *
  • Part 3: Selected Legislation Documents  (contents):
    • The Anglican Church Act, 2003 (unofficial consolidated version as amended 2017) *
    • The Constitution *
    • Canon One - Definitions *
    • Canon Six - Parish Governance *
    • Canon Seven - The Clergy *
    • Regulations, Policies and Directives:
      • Regulation 4-4 Diocesan Safe Church Part 1 and Part 3 *
      • Regulation 7-1 Purpose, Contacts and Definitions
      • Regulation 7-2 Remuneration, Travel and Housing *
      • Regulation 7-3 Housing Standards and Moving (Relocation)
      • Regulation 7-4 Vacation and Leave of Absence
      • Regulation 7-7 Sick Leave and Disability
      • Regulation 7-8 Continuing Education
        Regulation 7-9 Health, Wellness and Life Insurance
      • Policy A-1 Applications to the Anglican Foundation
      • Policy A-2 Proceeds from the Sale of Residential Properties *
      • Policy A-3 Sale, Purchase or Renovation of Parish Property
      • Policy A-4 Obtaining Financial Assistance from the Diocese
      • Policy A-5 Archival Records
      • Policy A-6 Outstanding Parish Support
      • Policy A-7 Mandatory Pre-Authorized Debit for Parish Employment Assessment
      • Policy A-8 Minimum Insurance Standards
      • Policy B-2 Responsibilities of a Member of Synod
      • Policy B-3 Misconduct Policy and Procedure
      • Policy B-4 Privacy
      • Policy B-5 Diocesan Training Curacies
      • Policy B-6 Police Record Check
      • Directive 7.1 The Parish Discernment Committee
      • Directive 8.1 The Laity
      • Directive 8.2 The Priest in the Parish
      • Directive 8.3 The Deacon in the Parish
      • Directive 8.8.1 Parish Appointment Process Protocol
      • Directive 8.8.3 Interim Parish Ministry
      • Directive 8.16 Emergency Preparedness and Response
      • Directive 8.17 Interaction with the Media *

 * - new or updated in 2018 edition