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 June 2017 update 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 read them online here  – Bishop’s Guidelines 2016 – june update – or download them here – Bishop’s Guidelines 2016 – 2017 update.

They will also be available on the diocesan website.

If you have any queries, please contact the Bishop’s Chaplain:

Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff
Tel:  01634 814439