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 – June update.

You can download them here – Bishop’s Guidelines 2017 – June update. 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:

Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff
Tel:  01634 814439