These guidelines are not intended to be a rulebook, nor to be a complete encyclopaedia to the Diocese of Rochester and the Church of England. They are to be part of our shared understanding and local practice of what it means to be an Anglican in this place. I hope they form a useful handbook, providing answers to the most commonly asked questions.
In short, it is my intention that these guidelines will help the clergy and officers of this Diocese to affirm your loyalty to [our] inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care.
The 2017 edition brings in some of the changes in staff and practice which have arisen over the last six months, as well as including some clarifications and amendments suggested by its readers. You can find all the amendments here – Addendum 2017. Significant additions include the the new Diocesan Vision, Called Together, as well as advice regarding lone working, the diocesan new Dignity at Work policy and a section on the diocesan engagement with schools. The advice regarding time of due to sickness or injury has been updated and most of the links have been updated in line with the new Church of England website.
You can read them online here – Bishop’s Guidelines 2017 – or download them here – Bishop’s Guidelines 2017. A hard copy is available for a small administration fee. Please contact Bishopscourt for more information. The pdf version is also available on the diocesan website.
If you have any queries, please contact the Bishop’s Chaplain:
Tel: 01634 814439