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Eucharistic Assistants

Many parishes have lay people licensed as Eucharistic Assistants to help with the distribution of Holy Communion. General Synod has now changed the rules for this, so that the necessary permission can be granted at the parish level if the bishop agrees. This bishop does agree! From now on there will be new arrangements in Peterborough Diocese.



  • Current Eucharistic Assistant licences, issued from our Bishops’ Office, will continue to be valid until the expiry date shown on them.

  • Future licences will be issued by the Incumbent or Priest-in-Charge following PCC agreement for each named person. There is a template on the diocesan website which parishes may wish to use.

  • Licences are limited to five years, and must specify the expiry date, though they can be renewed with PCC agreement.

  • Under the new rules it is permissible to licence children who have been confirmed or admitted to communion before confirmation: this provision is intended mainly for services in Church Schools (in which case the Head Teacher’s permission is needed instead of the PCC’s); in the case of a child, permission is also needed from a parent or guardian.

  • We are making a template licence which will shortly be available on the diocesan website (in the Bishops’ Office section of Church Resources) to help clergy and parishes.

  • It is good practice for Eucharistic Assistant licences to be displayed in the vestry, or somewhere where they can be checked.

  • Any questions on this should be addressed to my Chaplain, Canon Tim Alban Jones.

  • There are two training sessions being run by the Revd Adrian Holdstock already in the diary, and more details can be found on the Church Resources section of the diocesan website.  Further events will be planned for the new year.

Download the documents here:

Eucharistic Assistant Licence (word)

Certificate for Holy Communion to the Sick and Housebound (word)

Form of service for Holy Communion to the Sick and Housebound (word)


Conduct of the Clergy

A revised edition of the 2003 Guidelines has been produced.  The new edition reflects several changes in church life and wider society including the introduction of the Clergy Discipline Measure and increased use of social media. They express an aspiration for the very highest standards to be expected of those who serve as deacons, priests and bishops in the Church of God.

The Guidelines are available on line and can be downloaded freely ( or from Church House Publishing, priced at £7.99 – further details can be found on the Church of England website). The Guidelines are wide-ranging in their scope, covering all aspects of clerical life from calling to faith, from mission and ministry at times of deepest need to discipline, trust and well-being.  The section on Reconciliation is subject to further work by General Synod on the meaning of absolute confidentiality of the confessional in an age when the church is keen to promote the highest standards in safeguarding.

The Bishops urge you all to take some time to download a copy of these Guidelines and to spend some time reflecting how they can inform your ministry.

Clergy Discipline Measure

The clergy of the Church of England are expected to work to high standards of professionalism and integrity. There are sometimes occasions when parishioners are unhappy with the conduct of their incumbent. In the first instance, it is usually best to try and address concerns with the incumbent directly. If this does not produce a satisfactory outcome, then the rural dean or archdeacon may be able to help resolve matters. If these informal routes are unsuccessful, there remains a formal complaint mechanism, which involves making a complaint under the Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM).

Below is a link to the Church of England website which has details of how to make a complaint:


For information on ongoing matters involving clergy, click here.



Duty to have Due Regard

The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 imposes a legal duty on the clergy, readers and lay workers, churchwardens and parochial church councils to “have due regard to guidance issued by the House of Bishops on matters relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults”. To read click here


Confirmation Resources

Confirmation return (word)

Confirmation with Holy Communion (word)

Confirmation summary and declaration
To be completed by clergy and returned to the Bishop's Office immediately after the Confirmation Service.

Bishop's Charity
Collections from Confirmation services will go to the nominated Bishop's Charity for this year  The Leprosy Mission.