There are set out below the Canons
of the Church of England in Jersey.
In these Canons, unless the context otherwise requires:
means His Grace
the Archbishop of Canterbury or, if there is a vacancy in that see, the
Archbishop of York;
means The Lord Bishop of Winchester;
means the churchwardens and
almoners (if any) of an Ecclesiastical District or an
Ancient Parish Church;
means in respect of any
church a meeting of those persons on the Church Electoral Roll;
means the Very Reverend The Dean
the “Vice Dean”
means such person(s) as
may from time to time be nominated by the Dean as his
deputy pursuant to Canon Fl
a “District Church”
means the church of any
Ecclesiastical District other than an
an “Ecclesiastical Assembly”
means the assembly of the
principals, officers and electors of an Ancient Parish over
which the incumbent of the parish presides;
means the deanery synod of the Island of Jersey
constituted pursuant to the
Synodical Government (Channel Islands)
Order 1970, as amended from time to time;
means a Measure receiving the
Royal Assent after 8th July
1931 and which has been applied
to the Island of Jersey in accordance with the Channel Islands (Church Legislation) Measure 1931;
means an assembly provided
for by the Loi (1804) au sujet des Assemblées Paroissiales, as amended
from time to time;
an “Ancient Parish”
means one of the twelve historic
parishes of the Island.
In these Canons the use
of the masculine includes the
feminine and vice versa, and the use
of the singular where appropriate
includes the plural and vice
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN THE ISLAND OF JERSEY
The Church of England, in Jersey, established under the
Queen’s Majesty, belongs to the true and apostolic Church of Christ; and,
as our duty to the said Church of England requires, we do constitute and ordain
that no member thereof shall be at liberty to maintain or hold the contrary.
THE THIRTY-NINE ARTICLES OF RELIGION
Articles are agreeable to the Word of God and may be assented unto with a good
conscience by all members of the Church
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
doctrine contained in The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the
Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church according to the Use of
the Church of England is agreeable to the Word of God.
form of God’s worship contained in the said Book, forasmuch as it is not
repugnant to the Word of God, may be used by all members of the Church of
England with a good conscience.
THE FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING, ORDAINING, AND CONSECRATING OF BISHOPS, PRIESTS,
The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of
Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, annexed to the Book of Common Prayer and
commonly known as the Ordinal, is not repugnant to the Word of God, and those
who are so made, ordained or consecrated bishops, priests, or deacons,
according to the said Ordinal, are lawfully made, ordained, or consecrated, and
ought to be accounted, both by themselves and others, to be truly bishops,
priests, or deacons.
THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and in such
teachings of the ancient Fathers
and Councils of the Church as
are agreeable to the said
such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine
Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer, and the
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
The government of the Church of England
under the Queen’s Majesty, by archbishops, bishops, deans, archdeacons,
and the rest of the clergy and
of the laity that bear office in the same, is not repugnant to the
Word of God.
THE ROYAL SUPREMACY
It is acknowledged that the Queen’s
excellent Majesty, acting according to the laws of the Island, is the highest
power under God in this Island, and has supreme authority over all persons in
all causes, as well ecclesiastical as civil.
Forasmuch as the Church of Christ has for a long time past been
distressed by separations and schisms among Christian men, so that the unity
for which our Lord. prayed is impaired and the witness to his gospel is
grievously hindered, it is the duty of clergy and people to do their utmost not
only to avoid occasions of strife but also to seek in penitence and brotherly
charity to heal such divisions.
DIVINE SERVICE AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS
CONFORMITY OF WORSHIP
following forms of
service shall be authorised for use
in the Church of England in the Island of
(a) the forms of service contained in the Book of Common Prayer;
(b) the shortened forms of Morning and Evening Prayer which were set out in the Schedule to the Act of Uniformity
Amendment Act 1872;
(c) the form of service authorised
by Royal Warrant for use upon the anniversary of the day of the accession of the reigning Sovereign; and
(d) any forms of service approved under Canon B2
or Canon B4 subject to any amendments
minister shall use only the authorised services aforesaid, except so far as he
may exercise the discretion allowed to him by Canon B5.
THE APPROVAL OF FORMS OF SERVICE
It shall be lawful within Jersey –
use all forms of worship adopted by the General Synod of the Church of England;
adopt forms of services for use in the Church of England in Jersey which have
been approved for use in the Church of England by the General Synod, the
Archbishop of Canterbury the Bishop, or the Dean as his Commissary.
THE FORM OF SERVICE TO BE USED WHERE ALTERNATIVE FORMS ARE AUTHORISED
as to which of the forms of service authorised by Canon B1, other than the
services known as occasional offices, are to be used in any church in a parish
shall be taken jointly by the minister and the Church Officers. In this Canon
‘church’ includes any building or part of a building licensed by
the Dean for public
worship according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.
there is disagreement as to which of the said forms of service are to be used
in any such church, then the disagreement shall be referred to the Dean for a
more than one form of any of the services known as occasional offices, other
than the Order of Confirmation, is authorised by Canon B1 for use on any
occasion the decision as to which form of service is to be used shall be made
by the minister who is to conduct the service, but if any of the persons
concerned objects beforehand to the use of the service selected by the minister
and he and the minister cannot agree as to which form is to be used, the matter
shall be referred to the Dean for his decision.
more than one form of service of ordination of deacons or priests or of the
ordination or consecration of a bishop is authorised for use, the decision as
to which form of service is to be used is to be made by the Bishop or the
Archbishop, as the case may be, who is to conduct the service and, where more
than one form of service of confirmation is so authorised, the decision as to
which service is to be used shall be made by the Bishop or Archbishop, as the
case may be, who is to conduct the service after consulting the minister of the
church where the service is to be held.
FORMS OF SERVICE APPROVED BY THE CONVOCATIONS. ARCHBISHOPS OR ORDINARY FOR USE
ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS
The Convocation of Canterbury, the Archbishop, the Bishop and/or the
Dean may approve forms of service for use in church or elsewhere in the Island
of Jersey on occasions for which no provision is made in the Book of Common
Prayer or by the General Synod, being forms of service which in both words and
order are in their opinion reverent and seemly and neither contrary to, nor
indicative of any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in any
B4A OF THE APPROVAL OF
COLLECTS. LECTIONARIES AND TABLE OF RULES TO ORDER THE SERVICE
It shall be lawful within Jersey to use the Collects, Lectionaries
and Tables of Rules to order the Service as approved by the General Synod.
THE DISCRETION OF THE MINISTER IN CONDUCT OF PUBLIC PRAYER
minister may in his discretion make and use variations which are not of substantial importance in
any form of service authorised by
Canon according to particular circumstances.
to any regulation made from time to time by the Convocation of Canterbury, the
minister may on occasions for which no provision is made in the Book of Common
Prayer or by the General Synod under Canon B2 or by the Convocation,
Archbishop Bishop or Dean under Canon B4 use forms of service considered
suitable by him for those occasions.
variations in forms of service and all forms of service used under this Canon
shall be reverent and seemly and shall be neither contrary to, nor indicative
of any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in any essential
any question is raised concerning the observance of the provisions of the last
preceding paragraph or whether a variation in a form of service is of
substantial importance or not, it may be referred to the Dean in order that he may give
such pastoral guidance or advice as he may think fit, but such reference shall
be without prejudice to the matter in question being made the subject-matter of
SUNDAYS AND OTHER DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE
Lord’s Day, commonly called Sunday, is ever to be celebrated as a weekly memorial of our
Lord’s resurrection and kept according to God’s holy will and
pleasure, particularly by attendance
at divine service, by deeds of charity, and by abstention
from all unnecessary labour and business.
Table of Feasts which are to be observed in the Church of England in the Island
of Jersey is contained in the Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship; whereof
the principal are Christmas Day, Epiphany, the Annunciation to the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Easter Day, Ascension Day, Whitsunday, Trinity Sunday, and All
Days of Fasting or Abstinence and the Vigils which are to be observed in the
Church of England in the Island of Jersey are set out in the Book of Common
Prayer and Common Worship, whereof the forty days of Lent, particularly Ash
Wednesday and the Monday to Saturday before Easter, ought specifically to be
4. Good Friday is ever to be observed
by prayer with meditation on the death and passion of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by self-discipline,
and by attendance at divine
is lawful for the Dean to approve Holy Days which may be observed locally.
THE GIVING NOTICE OF FEAST DAYS AND FAST DAYS
The minister shall give notice every Sunday publicly during the time
of divine service, and by notice affixed at the church door or otherwise, so
that the same may best be brought to the knowledge of the people, of the Feast
Days and Fast Days which are to be observed in the week following, and of the
times of the services thereon.
THE VESTURE OF MINISTERS DURING THE TIME OF DIVINE SERVICE
Morning and Evening Prayer the minister shall wear a cassock, a surplice, and a scarf and for the Occasional Offices a cassock
and a surplice with scarf or stole.
the Holy Communion the presiding minister shall wear with the cassock either a
surplice with scarf or stole, or a surplice or alb with stole and cope, or an
alb with the customary vestments.
any appropriate occasion a cope may be worn at the discretion of the minister.
a scarf is worn, the minister may also wear the hood of his degree.
Church of England does not attach any particular doctrinal significance to the
diversities of vesture permitted by this Canon, and the vesture worn by the
minister in accordance with the provisions of this Canon is not to be understood
as implying any Doctrines other than those now contained in the formularies of
the Church of England.
the foregoing provisions of this Canon no minister shall change the form of
vesture in use in the church or chapel in which he officiates unless he has
ascertained by consultation with the Church Officers that such changes will be
acceptable: Provided always that in case of disagreement the minister shall
refer the matter to the Dean whose direction shall be obeyed.
THE REVERENCE AND ATTENTION TO BE USED IN THE TIME OF DIVINE SERVICE
persons present in the time of divine service shall audibly with the minister
make the answers appointed and in due place join in such parts of the service
as are appointed to be said or sung by all present.
shall give reverent attention in the time of divine service, give due reverence
to the name of the Lord Jesus and stand at the Creed and the reading of the
Holy Gospel at the Holy Communion. When the prayers are read and Psalms, hymns
and canticles are said or sung they shall have regard to the rubrics of the
service and locally established custom in the matter of posture, whether of
standing, kneeling or sitting.
B10 OF MORNING AND
EVENING PRAYER IN PARISH AND DISTRICT CHURCHES
1. Except so far as may be otherwise authorised under
paragraph 2 of this Canon, Morning and Evening Prayer shall be said
or sung in a church in every parish at least on all Sundays and other principal Feast Days, and also on Ash Wednesday
and Good Friday. Each service shall be said
or sung distinctly, reverently, and
in an audible voice.
Dean, if satisfied that there is good reason to do so,
may authorise the minister of any parish
or district church within the Deanery
to dispense with the reading
within that church of Morning
and Evening Prayer or either of them on
any Sunday, or on any
principal Feast Day or on Ash
Wednesday or Good Friday, but before authorising the minister of a church to dispense with the reading within that church of either Morning or Evening Prayer on Sunday for a period of more than three months the Dean shall consult with the Church Officers.
all other days the minister of the parish,
together with all other ministers
licensed to serve in the said parish, shall make such provision for Morning and
Evening Prayer to be said or sung as may best serve to sustain the corporate
spiritual life of the people.
4. Readers and such other lay
persons as may be authorised
by the Bishop may, at the invitation
of the minister of the parish or, where the cure is vacant or the minister is incapacitated, at the invitation of the churchwardens,
say or sing Morning or Evening Prayer (save for the Absolution); and in the case of need where no clerk
in holy orders or reader or lay person authorised as aforesaid is available, the minister or (failing him) the churchwardens shall arrange for some suitable lay person to say or sing Morning or Evening Prayer (save for the Absolution).
B11 OF SERVICES IN
CHURCHES AND OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP
The Dean may direct what services shall be held or shall not be
required to be held in any church in any parish in the Island.
B12 OF THE MINISTRY
OF THE HOLY COMMUNION
person shall consecrate and administer the holy sacrament of the Lord’s
Supper unless he shall have been ordained priest by Episcopal ordination in
accordance with the provisions of Canon C1.
minister, as often as he shall celebrate the Holy Communion, shall receive that
person shall distribute the holy sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to the
people unless he shall have been ordained in accordance with the provisions of
Canon C1, or is otherwise authorised by Jersey Canon Law or, unless he has
been specially authorised to do so by the Dean who may give such authority in
the case of a person who has been baptized and confirmed and has the support of
the incumbent and the Church Officers.
to the general directions of the Dean, the Epistle and the Gospel may at the
invitation of the minister be read by a lay person at the celebration of the
B13 OF HOLY
COMMUNION IN PARISH AND DISTRICT CHURCHES
every church, except for some reasonable cause approved by the Dean, the Holy
Communion shall be celebrated at least on all Sundays and principal Feast Days,
and on Ash Wednesday. It shall be celebrated, distinctly, reverently, and in an
churches and chapels dependent on a parish church, the Holy Communion shall be
celebrated as regularly and frequently as may be convenient, subject to the
direction of the Dean.
B14 OF THE
RECEIVING OF HOLY COMMUNION
is the duty of all who have been confirmed to receive the Holy Communion
regularly, and especially at the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun.
minister shall teach the people from time to time, and especially before the
festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun, that they come to this holy
sacrament with such preparation as is required by the Book of Common Prayer.
B15 OF THE
ADMISSION TO HOLY COMMUNION
shall be admitted to the Holy Communion –
of the Church of England who have been confirmed in accordance with the rites
of that Church or are ready and desirous to be so confirmed or who have been
otherwise episcopally confirmed with unction or with the laying on of hands
except as provided by the next following Canon:
persons who are communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the
doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and who are in good standing in their own Church,
baptised person in immediate danger of death.
any person by virtue of sub-paragraph (b) above regularly receive the Holy Communion over a long period
which appears likely to continue
indefinitely, the minister shall set before him the normal requirements of the
Church of England for communicant status in that Church.
3. Where any minister is in doubt as to the application of this Canon,
he shall refer the matter to the Dean, who may consult the Bishop, and follow
his guidance thereon.
B16 OF NOTORIOUS
OFFENDERS NOT TO BE ADMITTED TO HOLY COMMUNION
If a minister be persuaded that anyone of his cure who presents
himself to be a partaker of the Holy
Communion ought not be admitted thereunto by reason of malicious
and open contention with his neighbours, or other grave and open sin
without repentance, he shall
give an account of the same to the Bishop who, after consulting with the Dean, shall give order and
direction, but so as not to refuse the sacrament to any until
in accordance with such order and
direction he shall have called him and notified him that in any wise he presume not to come to the
Lord’s Table: Provided that in case of grave and immediate scandal to the congregation the minister shall not admit such person, but shall give an account of the same to the Bishop within seven days after at the furthest and therein obey his order and direction: Provided also that before issuing his
order and direction in relation to any such person
the Bishop or the Dean as the Bishop’s delegate shall
afford to him an opportunity for interview.
B17 OF BREAD AND
WINE FOR THE HOLY COMMUNION
churchwardens of every ecclesiastical
parish, with the advice and direction of the minister, shall provide
out of congregational funds a sufficient quantity of bread and wine for the
number of communicants that shall from time to time receive the same.
bread, whether leavened or unleavened, shall be of the best and purest wheat
flour that conveniently may be gotten,
and the wine the fermented
juice of the grape, good and wholesome.
bread shall be brought to the communion table in a paten or convenient box and
the wine in a convenient cruet or flagon.
B17A OF THE
DISPOSITION OF THE ALMS AT HOLY COMMUNION
Notwithstanding any rubric in the Book of Common Prayer moneys given
or collected in church at Holy Communion shall be at the disposal of the
incumbent and Church Officers.
B18 OF SERMONS IN
PARISH AND DISTRICT CHURCHES
a church in every parish a sermon shall be preached at least once each Sunday,
except for some reasonable cause approved by the Dean.
sermon shall be preached by a minister, deaconess, reader or lay worker duly
authorized in accordance with Canon Law. At the invitation of the minister
having the cure of souls another person may preach with the permission of the
preacher shall endeavour himself with care and sincerity to minister the word
of truth, to the glory of God and to the edification of the people.
B19 OF THE BIDDING
PRAYER WHICH MAY BE USED BY A PREACHER BEFORE HIS SERMON
Before any sermon, lecture, or homily, the preacher may move the
people to join with him in prayer in this form or to this effect as briefly as
is convenient, always concluding with the Lord’s Prayer –
Ye shall pray for Christ’s holy Catholic Church, that is, for
the whole congregation of Christian people dispersed throughout the whole
world, and especially for the Church of England.
And herein I require you most especially to pray for the Queen’s
most excellent Majesty our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God
of the United-Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other
realms and territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the
Faith, and ye shall also pray for Philip Duke of Edinburgh, the
Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family.
Ye shall also pray for the ministers of God’s holy word and
sacraments, as well archbishops and bishops, as other pastors and curates; for
the Queen’s most honourable Privy Council, the Lieutenant
Governor, the Bailiff and other Crown Officers, the States of Jersey, Jurats,
Constables, municipality, for the Convocations of the Clergy, for the Synods of
the Church of England, and for magistrates; that all and every of these, in
their several callings, may serve truly and diligently, to the glory of God and
the edifying and well governing of her people, remembering the strict and
solemn account that they must one day make when they shall stand before the
judgment seat of Christ.
And, that there may never be wanting a succession of persons duly
qualified to serve God in Church and State, ye shall implore his blessing on
all places of religious and useful learning; that in all places of education
true religion and sound learning may for ever flourish and abound.
And more particularly (as in private duty bound) I ask your prayers
Also ye shall pray for the whole people of this realm, that they may
live in the true faith and fear of God, in dutiful obedience to the Queen,
and in brotherly charity one to another.
Finally, let us praise God for all those who are departed out of
this life in the faith of Christ, and pray unto God that we may have grace to
direct our lives after their good example; that, this life ended, we may be
made partakers with them of the glorious resurrection in the life everlasting.
B20 OF THE
MUSICIANS AND MUSIC OF THE CHURCH
all churches and chapels, the functions of appointing any organist or
choirmaster (by whatever name called), and of terminating the appointment of
any organist or choirmaster, shall be exercisable by the minister with the
agreement of the Church Officers except that if the Dean in the case of
termination of an appointment, considers that the circumstances are such that
the requirement as to the agreement of the Church Officers should be dispensed
with, the Dean may direct accordingly. Where the minister concerned is also the
Dean the function of the Dean under this paragraph shall be exercisable by the
2. Where there is an organist
or choirmaster the minister
shall pay due heed to his advice
and assistance in the choosing of
chants, hymns, anthems, and other settings and in the ordering of the music of the Church, but at all times the final responsibility and
decision in these matters rests
with the minister.
is the duty of
the minister to ensure that only
such chants, hymns, anthems, and other
settings are chosen as
are appropriate, both the words and the music, to the solemn
act of worship and prayer in the House of God as well as to the
congregation, assembled for that purpose;
and to banish all irreverence in
the practice and in the performance
of the same.
B21 OF HOLY BAPTISM
It is desirable that every minister having a cure of souls shall
normally administer the sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sundays at public worship
when the most number of people come together, that the congregation there
present may witness the receiving of them that be newly baptised into
Christ’s Church, and be put in remembrance of their own profession made
to God in their baptism.
B22 OF THE BAPTISM
notice, normally of at least a week, shall be given before a child is brought
to the church to be baptized.
minister shall instruct the parents or guardians of an infant to be admitted to
Holy Baptism that the same responsibilities rest on them as are in the service
of Holy Baptism required of the godparents.
minister shall refuse or, save for the purpose of preparing or instructing the
parents or guardians or godparents, delay to baptize any infant, within his
cure that is brought to the church to be baptized, provided that due notice has
been given and the provisions relating to godparents in these Canons are
observed. In the event of any such refusal or delay, the parents or guardians
may apply to the Dean, who shall, after consultation with the minister and with
the Bishop, give such directions as he thinks fit.
minister who intends to baptize any infant whose parents are residing outside
the boundaries of his cure, unless the names of such persons or of one of them
be on the church electoral roll of the same, shall not proceed to the baptism
without having sought the goodwill of the minister of the parish in which such
minister being informed of the weakness or danger of death of any infant within
his cure and therefore desired to go to baptize the same shall either refuse or
delay to do so.
minister so baptizing a child in a hospital or nursing home, the parents of the
child not being resident in his cure, nor their names on the church electoral
roll of the same, shall send their names and address to the minister of the
parish in which they reside.
any infant which is privately baptized do afterwards live, it shall be brought
to the church and there, by the minister, received into the congregation of
Christ’s flock according to the form and manner prescribed in and by the
office for Private Baptism authorized by Canon B1.
minister of every parish shall warn the people that without grave cause and
necessity they should not have their children baptised privately in their
B23 OF GODPARENTS
every child to be baptized there shall be not fewer than three godparents, of
whom at least two shall be of the same sex as the child and of whom at least one
shall be of the opposite sex; save that, when three cannot conveniently be had,
one godfather and godmother shall suffice. Parents may be godparents for their
own children provided that the child have at least one other godparent.
godparents shall be persons who will faithfully fulfil their responsibilities
both by their care for the children committed to their charge and by the
example of their own godly living.
one who is of riper years is to be baptised he shall choose three, or at least
two, to be his sponsors, who shall be ready to present him for baptism and
afterwards put him in mind of his Christian profession and duties.
person shall be admitted to be a sponsor or godparent who has not been baptised
and confirmed. Nevertheless the minister shall have power to dispense with the
requirement of confirmation in any case in which in his judgment need so
B24 OF THE BAPTISM
OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS
any such person as is of riper years and able to answer for himself is to be
baptised, the minister shall instruct such person, or cause him to be
instructed, in the principles of the Christian religion, and exhort him so to
prepare himself with prayers and fasting that he may receive this holy
sacrament with repentance and faith.
least a week before any such baptism is to take place, the minister shall give
notice thereof to the Dean.
person thus baptised shall be confirmed by the Bishop so soon after his baptism
as conveniently may be; that so he may be admitted to the Holy Communion.
B25 OF THE SIGN OF
THE CROSS IN BAPTISM
of England has ever held and
taught, and holds and teaches still, that
the sign of the Cross used in baptism is no part of the substance of the sacrament but, for the remembrance of the
Cross, which is very precious to those that rightly believe in Jesus Christ,
has retained the sign of it in
baptism, following therein the primitive and apostolic Churches.
B26 OF TEACHING THE
minister shall take care that the children and young people within his cure are
instructed in the doctrine, sacraments, and discipline of Christ, as the Lord has commanded and as they are set forth in the holy Scriptures, in the Book of Common Prayer, and
especially in the Church Catechism;
and to this end he, or some
godly and competent persons appointed by
him, shall on Sundays or if need be at other convenient times diligently
instruct and teach them in the same.
parents, guardians and godparents shall take care that the children receive
B27 OF CONFIRMATION
Bishop shall himself minister (or cause
to be ministered by some other bishop lawfully deputed in his stead) the rite of confirmation as often and in as many places as
shall be convenient, laying his hands
upon children and other persons,
who have been baptised and instructed in the Christian faith.
2. Every minister who has a
cure of souls shall diligently seek
out children and other persons whom he shall think meet to be
confirmed and shall use his best endeavour
to instruct them in the
Christian faith and life as set
forth in the holy Scriptures, the
Book of Common Prayer, and the Church
minister shall present none to the Bishop but such as are come to years of discretion and can say the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and can also render an account of their faith according to the said Catechism.
minister shall satisfy himself that those whom he is to present have been validly baptised,
ascertaining the date and place of such baptism, and, before or at the time assigned for the confirmation, shall give to the Bishop their names, together with their age and
the dates of their baptism.
5. If the minister is doubtful about
the baptism of
a candidate for confirmation
he shall conditionally baptise him in
accordance with the form of
service authorised by Canon B1 before presenting him to the Bishop to be confirmed.
B28 OF RECEPTION
INTO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
1. Any person desiring to be
received into the Church of
England, who has not been
baptised or the validity of whose baptism can be held in question, shall be
instructed and baptised or
conditionally baptised, and such baptism, or conditional baptism, shall
constitute the said person’s reception into the Church of England.
any such person has been baptised but not episcopally confirmed and desires to
be formally admitted into
the Church of England he shall, after appropriate instruction, be received by the rite of confirmation,
or, if he be not yet ready to be
presented for confirmation, he shall be received by the parish priest with
any such person has been episcopally confirmed with unction or with the laying on of hands he shall be instructed,
and, with the permission of the Dean,
received into the Church of England according to the Form of Reception approved by
the General Synod, or with
other appropriate prayers, and
if any such person be a priest,
or other Ordained minister, he shall be
received into the said
Church only by the Bishop or by the Dean
as the Bishop’s commissary after
consultation with the Bishop.
B29 OF THE MINISTRY
is the duty of baptised persons at all times to the best of their understanding
to examine their lives and conversations by the rule of God’s
commandments, and whereinsoever they perceive themselves to have offended by
will, act, or omission, there to bewail their own sinfulness and to confess
themselves to Almighty God with full purpose of amendment of life, that they
may receive of Him the forgiveness of their sins which He has promised to all
who turn, to Him with hearty repentance and true faith; acknowledging their
sins and seeking forgiveness, especially in the general Confessions of the
congregation and in Absolution pronounced by the priest in the services of the
there be any who by these means cannot quiet his own conscience, but requires
further comfort or counsel, let him come to some discreet and learned minister
of God’s Word, that by the ministry of God’s holy Word he may
receive the benefit of absolution, together with spiritual counsel and advice,
to the quieting of his conscience and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness.
particular a sick person, if he feels his conscience troubled in any weighty
matter, should make a special confession of his sins, that the priest may
absolve him if he humbly and heartily desires it.
priest shall exercise the ministry of absolution in any place without the
permission of the minister having the cure of souls thereof unless he is by law
authorised to exercise his ministry in that place without being subject to the
control of the minister having the general cure of souls of the parish or
district in which it is situated: Provided always that, notwithstanding the
foregoing provisions of the Canon, a priest may exercise the ministry of
absolution anywhere in respect of any person who is in danger of death or if
there is some urgent or weighty cause.
the foregoing, that if any man confess his hidden and secret sins to a
minister, for the unburdening of his conscience, and to receive spiritual
consolation and ease of mind from-him; the minister is charged not at any time
reveal and make known to any person whatsoever any crime or offence so
committed to his trust and secrecy, under pain of irregularity.
B30 OF HOLY
Church of England affirms, according to Our Lord’s teaching, that
marriage is in its nature a union permanent and life-long, for better for
worse, till death them do part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of
all others on either side, for the procreation and nurture of children, for the
hallowing and right direction of the natural instincts and affections, and for
the mutual society, help and comfort which the one ought to have of the other,
both in prosperity and adversity.
teaching of Our Lord affirmed by the Church of England is expressed and
maintained in the Form of Solemnisation of Matrimony contained in the Book of
shall be the duty of the minister, when application is made to him for
matrimony to be solemnised in the church of which he is the minister, to
explain to the two persons who desire to be married the Church’s doctrine
of marriage as herein set forth, and the need of God’s grace in order
that they may discharge aught their obligations as married persons. Recognising
that pastoral care may well avert the danger of divorce if it comes into play
before legal proceedings have been started, it shall be the duty of all clergy
in their preparation of couples for marriage to tell them, both for their own
sakes and for that of their friend, that the good offices of the clergy are
B31 OF CERTAIN
IMPEDIMENTS TO MARRIAGE
No person who is under sixteen years of age shall marry, and all
marriages purported to be made between persons either of whom is under sixteen
years of age are void. No person shall marry within the degrees expressed in
the following Table, and all marriages purported to be made within the said
degrees are void.
A TABLE OF KINDRED AND
may not marry his –
A woman may not marry her –
In this Table the term “brother” includes a brother of
the half-blood, and the term “sister” includes a sister of the
B32 OF THE DUTY OF
THE MINISTER TO INQUIRE AS TO IMPEDIMENTS
It shall be the duty of the minister, when application is made to
him for matrimony to be solemnised in the church or chapel of which he is the
minister, to inquire whether there be any impediment either to the marriage or
to the solemnisation thereof.
B33 OF REQUIREMENTS
PRELIMINARY TO THE SOLEMNISATION OF MATRIMONY
A marriage according to the rites of the Church of England may be
solemnised in Jersey –
the publication of banns of marriage when all of the following conditions are met –
least one of the parties is a bona fide resident in the ecclesiastical parish
in which the marriage is to be solemnized; and
hold British passports or are of British nationality; and
will be 18 years old or over on the date of the marriage; and
marriage is to be solemnized on a weekday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
the authority of a Dispense Ordinaire (Ordinary Licence) which shall be issued
by the Dean (after presentation of valid documentation) –
(a) when two Jersey or
British residents wish to be married in an Ecclesiastical parish in which
neither reside but with which
one of them has a historic or pastoral relationship;
either party is under 18 years
old on the date of marriage, and the consent
of the person having legal
custody of that person has been given;
(c) in all other circumstances where the parties
could be married after Banns;
(d) in such other circumstances
if the Dean so thinks fit.
the authority of a Dispense Extraordinaire (Special Licence) which may be
issued by the Dean in the following circumstances –
the marriage is to be solemnized in an unlicensed place;
the marriage is to be solemnized on a Sunday or outside the permitted hours on
either of the parties is a non-British national provided that such parties
present a Certificate of Civil Status from their Consul or other satisfactory
documentary proof of their condition and permission to enter Jersey for the
purpose of marriage.
4. In other compelling circumstances where the Dean thinks fit.
B34 OF RULES TO BE
OBSERVED AS TO THE PRELIMINARIES AND TO THE SOLEMNISATION OF HOLY MATRIMONY
all matters pertaining to the granting of licences
of marriage every ecclesiastical authority shall observe the law relating thereto.
all matters pertaining to the publication of banns of marriage and to the solemnisation
of matrimony every minister
shall observe the law relating thereto,
including, so far as they are applicable,
the rules prescribed by the rubric
prefixed to the office of Solemnisation
of Matrimony in the Book of Common Prayer.
3. Every marriage shall be solemnised
in the presence of two or more witnesses besides
the minister who shall solemnise the same.
matrimony is to be solemnised in any church, it belongs to the minister of the that church
to decide what music shall be played,
what hymns or anthems
shall be sung, or what furnishings
or flowers should be placed in or about
the church for the occasion.
B35 OF A SERVICE
AFTER CIVIL MARRIAGE
any persons have contracted marriage before
the civil registrar under the provisions of the statute law, and shall
afterwards desire to add thereto a service of Blessing and Thanksgiving for
Matrimony, a minister may, if he
see fit, use such form of service, as may be adopted under Canon B2, in
the church or chapel in which he is authorised to exercise his ministry:
Provided first, that the minister
be duly satisfied that the civil marriage has been contracted, and secondly
that in regard to this use of this
service the minister do observe the Canons
and any advice
issued by the House of Bishops and the Bishop.
connection with such a service there shall be no publication of banns
nor any licence or certificate authorising a marriage:
and no record of any such service shall be entered by the minister in the register books of marriages provided by the Superintendent Registrar.
B36 OF THE MINISTRY
TO THE SICK
1. The minister shall use his best
endeavours to ensure that he be
speedily informed when any person is sick
or in danger of death in the parish, and shall as
soon as possible resort unto him to exhort,
instruct, and comfort him in his distress in such manner as he shall
think most needful and convenient.
any person sick
or in danger of death or so incapacitated that he cannot go to church is desirous of
receiving the most comfortable sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, the priest,
having knowledge thereof shall as
soon as may be visit him,
and unless there be any grave reason to the contrary, shall
reverently minister the same to the
said person at such place and
time as may be convenient.
any such person
so desires, the priest may lay hands upon him and may anoint him with oil on the forehead with the sign of the Cross using a form of service authorised by Canon B1 and using pure olive oil consecrated by the Bishop or Dean or otherwise by the priest himself in
accordance with such form of service.
B37 OF THE BURIAL
OF THE DEAD
all matters pertaining to the burial of the dead every minister shall observe
the law from time to time in force in relation thereto, and, subject to this
paragraph in general, the following paragraphs of this Canon shall be obeyed.
minister shall refuse to bury, according to the rites of the Church of England,
the corpse or ashes of any person deceased within his cure or of any
parishioners whether deceased within his cure or elsewhere that is brought to a
church or burial ground or cemetery under his control in which the burial or
interment of such corpse or ashes may lawfully be effected, due notice being
of a dead body is lawful in connection with Christian burial.
4. (a) When a body is to be
cremated, the burial service may precede, accompany, or follow the cremation;
and may be held either in the church or at the crematorium:
Provided that no incumbent shall be under any obligation to perform
a funeral service within the grounds of any burial authority, but, on his
refusal so to do, any clerk in Holy Orders, not being prohibited under
ecclesiastical censure, may, with the permission of the Dean and at the request of the person having charge of
the cremation or interment of the cremated remains, perform such service within
for good and sufficient reason the ashes of a cremated body should be interred
or deposited, by a minister, in consecrated ground.
5. When a body
is to be buried according to the rites of the Church of England in any
unconsecrated ground, the officiating minister, on coming to the grave, shall
first bless the same.
6. If any
doubts shall arise whether any person deceased may be buried according to the
rites of the Church of England, the minister shall refer the matter to the Dean, who may consult the Bishop, and
obey his order and direction.
B38 OF THE REGISTRATION
OF BAPTISMS. CONFIRMATIONS. MARRIAGES AND BURIALS
all matters pertaining to the registration of baptisms, marriages, and burials
every minister shall observe the law from time to time in force relating
any person is presented for confirmation, the minister presenting the said
person shall record and enter the confirmation in his register book of
confirmations, together with any change of name.
B39 OF HOLY
COMMUNION ELSEWHERE THAN IN CONSECRATED BUILDINGS
No minister shall celebrate the Holy Communion elsewhere than in a
consecrated building within his cure or other building licensed for the
purpose, except he have permission so to do from the Dean: Provided that at all
times he may celebrate the Holy Communion as provided by Canon B36 in any private house
wherein there is any person sick or dying or so incapacitated that be cannot go
B40 OF DIVINE
SERVICE IN PRIVATE CHAPELS
chaplain, ministering in any house where there is a chapel dedicated and
allowed by the ecclesiastical laws of this Island shall celebrate the Holy
Communion in any other part of the house but in such chapel, and shall do the
same seldom upon Sunday and other greater Feast Days, so that the residents in
the said house may resort to their parish church and there attend divine
Bishop may licence a minister to perform such offices and services of the
Church of England as may be specified in the licence in any school, hospital,
or public premises or in any charitable institution.
performance of offices and services in accordance with any such licence shall
not require the consent or be subject to the control of the minister of the
parish in which they are performed.
B41 OF THE LANGUAGE
OF DIVINE SERVICE
The Morning and Evening Prayer, and all other prayers and services
prescribed in and by the Book of Common Prayer, shall be said or sung in the
B42 OF RELATIONS
WITH OTHER CHURCHES
1.(1) A minister or
lay person who is a member in good standing of a Church to which this Canon
applies and is a baptised person may, subject to the provisions of this Canon,
be invited to perform all or any of the following duties –
say or sing Morning and Evening Prayer or the Litany;
read the Holy Scriptures at any service;
preach at any service;
lead the Intercessions at the Holy Communion and to lead prayers at other
assist at Baptism or the Solemnisation of Matrimony or conduct a Funeral
assist in the distribution of the Holy Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to
the people at the Holy Communion;
if the minister or lay person is authorised to perform a similar
duty in his or her own Church
invitation to perform in a parish church, district church or other place of
worship in the parish any of the duties mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)
above, other than duties in. connection with a service of ordination or
confirmation, may be given only by the incumbent and may be given only if –
the case of –
(i) any duty mentioned in sub-paragraph (l)(f) above, or
(ii) any duty mentioned in sub-paragraph (l)(a), (c) or (e)
above, which is to be performed on
a regular basis,
of the Dean has been obtained;
(b) in the case of any duty mentioned in
sub-paragraph (i)(e) above, the persons concerned have requested the incumbent to give the invitation; and
(c) in the case of any duty mentioned in
sub-paragraph (l)(a), (c)
or (f) above, the approval of
Church officers has been obtained.
invitation to perform in a parish church or other place of worship in the
parish any duty in connection with a service of ordination or confirmation may
be given only by the Bishop and may be given only if the approval of the
incumbent and the Congregational Meeting has been obtained.
2. Notwithstanding any provision of any Canon, a bishop who
receives from a person authorised by a Church to which this Canon applies
an invitation to take part in a
service may in the course of that service perform any duty assigned to him if –
duty assigned to him is or is similar to a duty which he is authorised to
perform in the Church of England; and
has before accepting the invitation obtained –
(i) the approval of
the incumbent of the parish in which the service is to take place, and
(ii) in the case of an
invitation to take part in the ordination or consecration of a minister of a
Church to which this Canon applies, to take part in a service of confirmation
or to preside at the Holy Communion, the approval of the Archbishop.
3. Notwithstanding any provision
of any Canon, a priest or deacon
of the Church of England who receives from a person authorised by a Church to which this Canon applies an invitation to take part in a service may in the course of that service perform any duty assigned to him if –
duty assigned to him is or is similar to a duty which he is authorised to
perform in the Church of England, and
has before accepting the invitation obtained –
(i) the approval of
the incumbent of the parish in which the service is to take place, and
(ii) in the case of an
invitation to take part in the ordination or consecration of a minister of a
Church to which this Canon applies or to preside at the Holy Communion, the
approval of the Bishop, and
(iii) in the case of an invitation
to take part in any service on a regular basis, the approval of both the Dean
and the Congregational Meeting of the parish in which the service is to take
the case of an invitation to preside at the Holy Communion, the Archbishop shall
not give his approval under paragraph 2 above, and the Bishop shall not
give his approval under paragraph 3 above unless the Archbishop or the
Bishop, as the case may be, is satisfied that there are special circumstances
which justify acceptance of the invitation and that the rite and the elements
to be used are not contrary to, nor indicative of any departure from, the
doctrine of the Church of England in any essential matter.
5. A bishop
or priest who has accepted an invitation to take part in the ordination or
consecration of a minister of a Church to which this Canon applies may not, by
the laying on of hands or otherwise, do any act which is a sign of the
conferring of Holy Orders, unless that Church is an Episcopal Church with which
the Church of England has established intercommunion.
any provision of any Canon, a deaconess, lay worker or reader of the Church of
England who receives from a person authorised by a Church to which this Canon
applies an invitation to take part in a service may in the course of that
service perform any duty assigned to him or her if –
duty so assigned is or is similar to a duty which he or she is authorised to
perform in the Church of England; and
or she has before accepting the invitation obtained the approval of the
incumbent of the parish in which the service is to take place and also, in the
case of an invitation to take part in a service on a regular basis, the
approval of both the Dean and the Church officers of that parish.
on an application under paragraph 3 or 6 above for the approval of an
incumbent, that approval is withheld, the applicant may appeal to the Bishop and if, after considering the
views of the applicant, the incumbent and
the Dean, the Bishop determines
that approval has been unreasonably withheld, the Bishop may authorise the applicant to take part in the service
in question and where the Bishop so
determines then he shall inform
the incumbent in writing of the reasons for that determination.
the approval of the Congregational Meeting or Church officers is required for
the giving of or accepting of an invitation under the preceding provisions of
this Canon, that approval may be given in respect of the performance of such
duties as may be specified in the approval by such person or persons, or such
class of persons, as may be so specified and may either be given generally for
an unlimited period or given subject to such limitation, whether as to duration
or occasion, as may be so specified.
incumbent of a parish may, with the approval of the Church officers (or in the
case of regular invitations a Congregational Meeting) and the Dean invite
members of another Church to which this Canon applies to take part in joint
worship with the Church of England or to use a church in the parish for worship
in accordance with the forms of service and practice of that other Church on
such occasions as may be specified in the approval given by the Dean.
approval required by this Canon to be obtained from the Dean, the Bishop or the
Archbishop shall be in writing.
Canon applies to every Church to which the Church of England (Ecumenical
Relations) Measure 1988 applies.
B43 OF LOCAL
1.(1) The Dean may
enter into an agreement with the appropriate authority of each participating
Church with regard to the participation of the Church of England in a local
ecumenical project established or to be established for an area comprising any
parish in the Island or part of such a parish.
Dean shall not enter into any agreement under this paragraph as respects any
parish or part of a parish unless the participation of the Church of England in
the project in respect of the parish concerned has been approved –
the incumbent of that parish; and
simple majority of those present and voting at a Congregational Meeting of the
parish convened for that purpose; and
2.(1) The Dean may
at any time revoke any agreement made under the foregoing provisions of this
Canon after consultation with the appropriate authority of each participating
agreement made under the foregoing provisions of this Canon shall be in
powers of the Dean under this Canon may be exercised only in respect of a local
ecumenical project in which every other Church participating in the project is
a Church to which the Sharing of Church Buildings (Jersey) Law 1973 applies.
MINISTERS, THEIR ORDINATION, FUNCTION, AND CHARGE
HOLY ORDERS IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
Church of England holds and teaches that from the
Apostles’ time there have been these orders in Christ’s Church:
bishops, priests, and deacons; and no man shall be accounted or taken to be a
lawful bishop, priest, or deacon in the Church of England, or suffered to
execute any of the said offices, except he be called, tried, examined, and
admitted thereunto according to the Ordinal or any form of service alternative
thereto approved under Canon B2, or
has had formerly episcopal consecration or ordination in some Church
whose orders are recognised and
accepted by the Church of England.
person who has been admitted to the order of bishop, priest, or deacon can ever
be divested of the character of his order, but a minister may either by legal
process voluntarily relinquish the exercise of his orders and use himself as a
layman, or may by legal and canonical process be deprived of the exercise of
his orders or deposed finally therefrom.
to the ancient law and usage of the Church of England, priests and deacons who
have received authority to minister in Jersey owe canonical obedience in all
things lawful and honest to the Bishop.
THE CONSECRATION OF BISHOPS
person shall be consecrated to the office of bishop by fewer than three bishops
present together and joining in the act of consecration, of whom one shall be
the archbishop of the province or a bishop appointed to act on his behalf.
consecration of a bishop shall take place upon some Sunday or Holy Day, unless
the archbishop, for urgent and weighty cause, shall appoint some other day.
person shall be consecrated bishop except he shall be at least thirty years of
person shall be refused consecration as bishop on the ground that he was born
out of lawful wedlock.
in this Canon shall make it lawful for a woman to be consecrated to the office
THE ORDINATION OF PRIESTS AND DEACONS
to the office of priest or deacon shall take place upon the Sundays immediately
following the Ember Weeks, or upon St. Peter’s Day, Michaelmas Day
or St. Thomas’ Day, or upon a day within the week immediately
following St. Peter’s Day, Michaelmas Day or St. Thomas’
Day, or upon such other day, being a Sunday, a Holy Day or one of the Ember
Days, as the bishop of the diocese on urgent occasion shall appoint.
of priests and deacons shall be in the cathedral church of the diocese, or
other church or chapel at the discretion of the bishop.
Dean, or his deputy, shall present to the bishop every person who is to be
ordained in Jersey.
priests taking part in an ordination shall together with the bishop lay their
hands upon the head of every person who receives the order of priesthood.
form of service of Holy Communion which is authorized by Canon B1 may be
used at an ordination.
person shall be made deacon, except he be at least 23 years of age, unless
he have a faculty from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
person shall be ordained priest, except he be at least 24 years of age,
unless being over the age of 23 he have a faculty from the Archbishop of
person shall be ordained both deacon and priest upon one and the same day,
unless he have a faculty from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
deacon shall not be ordained to the priesthood for at least one year, unless
the bishop shall find good cause for the contrary, so that trial may be made of
his behaviour in the office of deacon before he be admitted to the order of
priesthood. During a vacancy of the see, the power of the bishop under this
paragraph shall be exercisable by the archbishop.
C4A OF THE QUALITY OF
SUCH AS ARE TO BE ORDAINED DEACONS OR PRIESTS
bishop shall take care that he admit no person into holy orders but such as he
knows either by himself, or by sufficient testimony, to have been baptized and
confirmed, to be sufficiently instructed in Holy Scripture and in the doctrine,
discipline, and worship of the Church of England, and to be of virtuous
conversation and good repute and such as to be a wholesome example and pattern
to the flock of Christ.
person shall be admitted into holy orders who is suffering, or who has
suffered, from any physical or mental infirmity which in the opinion of the
bishop will prevent him from ministering the word and sacraments or from
performing the other duties of the minister’s office.
to paragraph 4 of this Canon no person shall be admitted into holy orders
who has remarried and, the other party to that marriage being alive, has a
former spouse still living; or who is married to a person who has been
previously married and whose former spouse is still living.
archbishop of the province, on an application made to him by the bishop of a
diocese on behalf of a person who by reason of paragraph 3 of this Canon
could not otherwise be admitted into holy orders, may grant a faculty for the
removal of the impediment imposed by that paragraph to the admission of that
person into holy orders, and any request made to a bishop for an application to
be made on his behalf under this paragraph shall be made and considered, and
any application made by the bishop to the archbishop shall be made and
determined, in accordance with directions given from time to time by the
Archbishops of Canterbury and York acting jointly.
person shall be refused ordination as deacon or priest on the ground that he
was born out of lawful wedlock.
C4B OF WOMEN DEACONS
woman may be ordained to the office of deacon if she otherwise satisfies the
requirements of Canon C4 as to the persons who may be ordained as deacons.
deaconess who is licensed or holds a bishop’s permission to officiate,
and in either case satisfies the requirements of Canon C4 as to the
persons to be ordained as deacons, may apply to a bishop for his consent to her
ordination as a deacon for service in the diocese of that bishop, and the
bishop may give that consent notwithstanding –
she has not after applying to be so ordained been further examined concerning her
knowledge of Holy Scripture or of the doctrine, discipline and worship of the
Church of England, or
she has not exhibited to the bishop any certificate or other document which is
required to be so exhibited under Canon C6.
a bishop is ordaining a woman according to the Order for the Making of Deacons
in the Ordinal attached to The Book of Common Prayer the post-communion Collect
beginning ‘Almighty God, giver of all good things’ shall be omitted
and it shall be lawful for the bishop to use the variations to that service set
out in the schedule to this Canon.
Archbishops of Canterbury and York may jointly authorize forms of service for
deaconesses to be ordained deacon, being forms of service which in both words
and order are in their opinion reverent and seemly and are neither contrary to,
nor indicative of any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in
any essential matter.
any relevant reference to ‘he’ or ‘him’ there may be
substituted the words ‘she’ or ‘her’.
the prescribed Epistle, namely either 1 Timothy 3.18–13 or
Acts 6.2–7, there may be substituted either Isaiah 6.1–8
Romans 12.1–12 or such other lections as may from time to time be
the prescribed Gospel, namely Luke 12.35–38, there may be
substituted Mark 10.35–45 or such other lection as may from time to
time be duly authorized.
C4C OF WOMEN PRIESTS
woman may be ordained to the office of priest if she otherwise satisfies the
requirements of Canon C4 as to the persons who may be ordained as priests.
the forms of service contained in The Book of Common Prayer or in the Ordinal
words importing the masculine gender in relation to the priesthood shall be
construed as including the feminine, except where the context otherwise
THE TITLES OF SUCH AS ARE TO BE ORDAINED DEACONS OR PRIESTS
No person shall be admitted into holy orders by any bishop other
than the bishop of the diocese in which he is to exercise his ministry, except
he shall bring with him Letters Dimissory from the bishop of such diocese.
THE CERTIFICATES AND TESTIMONY TO BE EXHIBITED TO THE BISHOP BY SUCH AS ARE TO
BE ORDAINED DEACONS OR PRIESTS
person who is to be made a deacon shall exhibit to the bishop –
certificate or other sufficient evidence of the date and place of his birth;
of his former good life and behaviour from persons specified by the bishop.
person who is to be ordained priest shall exhibit to the bishop –
Letters of Orders;
of his former good life and behaviour from persons specified by the bishop.
EXAMINATION FOR HOLY ORDERS
No bishop shall admit any person into holy orders, except such
person on careful and diligent examination, wherein the bishop shall have
called to his assistance the Dean and other ministers appointed for this
purpose, be found to possess a sufficient knowledge of Holy Scripture and of
the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Church of England as set forth in
the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The
Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordinal: and to fulfil the requirements
as to learning and other qualities which, subject to any directions given by
the General Synod, the bishop deems necessary for the office of deacon.
MINISTERS EXERCISING THEIR MINISTRY
minister shall exercise his ministry in accordance with the provisions of this
minister duly ordained priest or deacon may officiate in any place only after
he has received authority to do so from the Bishop.
Bishop confers such authority on a minister either by instituting him to a
benefice, or by admitting him to serve within his diocese by licence under his
hand and seal, or by giving him written permission to officiate within the
minister who has such authority to exercise his ministry in any diocese shall
do so therein in any place in which he has not the cure of souls without the
permission of the minister having such cure, except at the homes of persons
whose names are entered on the electoral roll of the parish which he serves and
in a school, hospital, or public or charitable institution in which he is licensed
to officiate as provided by Canon B40.
COLLATION AND PRESENTATION
vacancy or impending vacancy in any benefice shall be notified by the Bishop to
the patron and to the Church Officers, and the provisions of the law of Jersey
from time to time in force relating to the filling of such vacancy shall be
Bishop shall have twenty-eight days’ space to inquire and inform himself
of the sufficiency and qualities of every minister, after he has been presented
to him to be instituted to any benefice.
the case of vacancy of any benefice to which the Crown has power of appointment
if within twelve months the Lieutenant Governor does not present some person to
the Bishop, or in the vacancy of that See, the Archbishop, to be instituted and
admitted to the said benefice, then the Dean shall give notice of the time of
the vacancy to the Bishop or the Archbishop as the case may be, to the end that
he may give order for collating to the said benefice; and when any shall be
presented to the Bishop or the Archbishop, as the case may be, the Dean shall
give a certificate as to the sufficiency and behaviour of the party to be
approved by them before he be actually admitted by the Dean into possession of
the said benefice.
C10 OF ADMISSION
person shall be admitted or instituted to any benefice before such time as he
shall have been ordained priest by episcopal ordination in accordance with the
provisions of Canon Cl.
Bishop shall not admit or institute to a benefice any priest who has been
ordained by any bishop, except such priest first show unto him his Letters of
Orders or other sufficient evidence that he has been ordained, and bring him
sufficient testimony, if the Bishop shall require it, of his former good life
and behaviour, and lastly, shall appear on due examination to be of sufficient
Bishop may refuse to admit or institute any priest to a benefice in Jersey
on the ground that at the date of
presentation not more than three years have elapsed since the priest who has
been presented to him was ordained deacon, or that the said priest is unfit for
the discharge of the duties of a benefice by reason of physical or mental
infirmity or incapacity, pecuniary embarrassment of a serious character, grave
misconduct or neglect of duty in an ecclesiastical office, evil life, having by
his conduct caused grave scandal concerning his moral character since his
Bishop shall not admit or institute any priest to a benefice until the expiration
of one month after notice, in the prescribed manner, that he proposes to
institute such priest has been served on the church wardens of the parish;
which notice shall be published by the churchwardens in the prescribed manner.
the expiration of one month from the serving of such notice on the
churchwardens of the parish, the Bishop shall, as speedily as may be, proceed
to give institution to the priest to whom he has collated the benefice, or who
has been presented to him to be instituted thereto, in accordance with the laws
and statutes in that behalf provided; which institution he shall use his best
endeavour to give in the parish church of the benefice.
Bishop, or the Dean as his commissary, when he gives institution, shall read the
words of institution from a written instrument having the episcopal seal
provisions of this Canon are without prejudice to any right of a patron or a
presentee to appeal to the Archbishop, against the refusal of the Bishop to institute.
either Dean or Minister, shall hold two Rectorial Benefices together.
C11 OF INDUCTION
Bishop, or the Dean as his Commissary, after giving institution to any priest,
shall issue directions for induction to a Vice Dean who shall thereupon induct
the said priest into possession of the temporalities of the benefice.
Vice Dean, when he makes the induction, shall take the priest who is to be
inducted by the hand and lay it upon the key or upon the ring of the church
door, or if the key cannot be had and there is no ring on the door, or if the
church be in ruins, upon any part of the wall of the church or churchyard, at
the same time reading the words of induction, after which the priest who has
been inducted shall toll the bell to make his induction public and known to the
C12 OF THE
LICENSING OF MINISTERS UNDER SEAL
licence, granted by the bishop under his hand and seal to any minister to serve
within his diocese, shall be in the form either –
a general licence to preach or otherwise to minister subject to the provisions
of paragraph 4 of Canon C2 in any parish or ecclesiastical district,
a licence to perform some particular office,
and a licence granted to an assistant curate may be in a form which specifies
the term of years in which the licence shall have effect.
Bishop shall not grant any such licence to any minister who has come from
another diocese, except such minister first show unto him Letters of Orders or
other sufficient evidence that he is ordained, and bring him testimony, from
the bishop of the diocese whence he has come, of his honesty, ability, and
conformity to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Church of England.
consultation with the Dean and, if the Minister so requests, the Ecclesiastical
Court, the Bishop may by notice in writing revoke summarily, and without
further process, any licence granted to any minister within the Island for any
cause which appears to him to be good and reasonable after having given the
minister sufficient opportunity of showing reason to the contrary and the
notice shall notify the minister that he may, within twenty-eight days from the
date on which he receives the notice, appeal to the Archbishop.
On such an
appeal the Archbishop may either hear the appeal himself or appoint
a person holding the office of diocesan
bishop or suffragan bishop in his province (otherwise than
in the diocese of Winchester) to hear the appeal in
his place; and, after hearing the appeal or, if he has appointed a bishop to hear the appeal in his place, after receiving a report in writing from that bishop, the Archbishop may confirm, vary or cancel the revocation of the licence as he considers just and proper,
and there shall be no appeal from the decision of the Archbishop.
Any appeal under this paragraph shall be conducted in accordance
with rules approved by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York; and any such rules may provide for the appointment of one or more persons to
advise the Archbishop or Bishop hearing such an appeal on any question of law arising in the course thereof.
the Bishop has granted a licence to an assistant curate to minister in the
Island for a term of years specified in the licence, the Bishop may revoke that
licence under paragraph 4 of this Canon before the expiration of that
term, and where he does so that curate shall have the like right of appeal as
any other minister whose licence is revoked under that paragraph.
C13 OF THE OATH OF
person who is to be ordained priest or deacon, or to be instituted to any
benefice, or to be licensed to any lectureship, preachership or stipendiary
curacy shall first, in the presence of the Bishop or his commissary by whom he
is to be ordained, instituted or licensed, take and subscribe the Oath of
Allegiance in the form following –
“I, A B, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true
allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, according
to law: So help me God”.
aforesaid Oath of Allegiance shall not be required to be taken (a) by any
subject or citizen of a foreign state whom either archbishop, calling to assist
him such bishops as he thinks fit, shall consecrate to officiate as a bishop in
any foreign state, or (b) by any overseas clergyman to whom section 2
of the Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967 applies
or any other person ordained under section 5 of that Measure for ministry
overseas, if the Bishop dispenses with the said oath.
C14 OF THE OATHS OF
Every person who is to be ordained priest or deacon, or to be
instituted to any benefice, or to be licensed either to any lectureship,
preachership, or stipendiary curacy, or to serve in any place in the Island
shall first take the Oath of Canonical Obedience to the Bishop in the presence
of the Bishop or his commissary, and in the form following –
“I, A B, do swear by Almighty God that I will pay true and
canonical obedience to the Lord Bishop of Winchester and his successors in all
things lawful and honest: So help me God”.
C15 OF THE
DECLARATION OF ASSENT
Declaration of Assent to be made under this Canon shall be in the form set out
The Church of England is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and
Apostolic Church worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It
professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in
the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh
in each generation. Led by the Holy Spirit, it has borne witness to
Christian faith in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of
Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordering of Bishops, Priests and
Deacons. In the declaration you are about to make will you affirm your loyalty
to this 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?
DECLARATION OF ASSENT
I, A B, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith
which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds
and to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness;
and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the
forms of service which are authorised or allowed by Canon.
preface which precedes the Declaration of Assent in the form set out above
shall be spoken by the archbishop or bishop or commissary in whose presence the
Declaration is to be made in accordance with the following provisions of this
paragraph and shall be spoken by him before the making of the Declaration.
person who is to be ordained priest or deacon shall before ordination make and
subscribe the Declaration of Assent in the presence of the archbishop or bishop
by whom he is to be ordained.
(4) Every person who is
to be instituted or admitted to any benefice or other ecclesiastical preferment
or licensed to any lectureship or preachership shall first make and subscribe
the Declaration of Assent in the presence of the Bishop by whom he is to be
instituted or licensed or of the Bishop’s commissary.
(5) Every person who
is to be licensed to any curacy shall first make and subscribe the Declaration
of Assent in the presence of the Bishop by whom he is to be licensed or of the
Bishop’s commissary unless he has been ordained the same day and has made
minister licensed to a stipendiary curacy shall on the first Lord’s Day
on which be officiates in the church or one of the churches in which he is
licensed to serve, publicly and openly make the Declaration of Assent at the
time of divine service in the presence of the congregation there assembled.
Before the minister makes the Declaration
the preface which precedes the Declaration in the form set out in paragraph 1(1) of this Canon shall be spoken
by the incumbent or another priest having a cure of souls.
3. Any person who in
pursuance of a request and
commission from a bishop of any
diocese in England is ordained by an
overseas bishop within the meaning of
the Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967, or a bishop in a church not in communion with the Church of England whose orders are recognised
or accepted by the Church of England, shall be deemed
to be ordained by a bishop of a diocese
in England and accordingly shall make
the Declaration of Assent.
C16 THE BISHOP OF
Bishop is the chief pastor of all
that are within the Island of Jersey, as well laity as clergy, and their father in God; it appertains to his office to teach
and to uphold sound and wholesome doctrine, and to banish and drive away all
erroneous and strange opinions; and, himself an example of righteous and godly
living it is his duty to set
forward and maintain quietness, love, and peace among all men.
Bishop has within Jersey jurisdiction as Ordinary except in places and over
persons exempt by law or custom.
3. Such jurisdiction is exercised
by the Bishop himself or by the Dean as Commissary General in accordance with the Letters Patent and
the Bishop of Winchester’s Commission.
C17 OF THE DEAN
Dean shall be an episcopally ordained Minister of the Word of God, who is well
qualified to hold the office, devout in his religion and steadfast in his
service of God and who has completed no less than six years in priests’
Dean shall exercise his jurisdiction in accordance with the terms of his Letters Patent, the Bishop of Winchester’s Commission, these
canons and local law and custom.
Dean shall carry out his duties under the Bishop and shall assist the Bishop in
his pastoral care and office, and he shall in particular see that anyone
holding any ecclesiastical office within the Deanery is performing their duties
with due diligence bringing to the Bishop’s attention any matters which
call for correction or merit praise.
Dean shall as Commissary of the Bishop, usually
institute and induct into the possession
of the temporalities (though he may direct a Vice Dean to perform the induction),
or promulgate the licence of, all clergy appointed or licensed to a benefice.
Dean as Commissary of the Bishop shall have jurisdiction over all matters which
concern the service of God, the preaching of the Word, the administration of
Dean or his
deputy or vice Dean shall at least once every three years visit every Parish in person and at his option may give an address to the congregation as he thinks fit; which
Visitation shall be made for the purpose
of ensuring that all things appertaining to the church, the Service of God,
and the Administration of the Sacraments, are being
satisfactorily provided by the church wardens
and that the Church, Churchyard
and parsonage-house are being
maintained and repaired and the church
wardens, or (if they should fail in
doing their duty) the Minister shall
advise the Dean of any
matters requiring his attention whether it
relates to the Minister
himself, the Church Officers or to other members of the congregation of that church in order
that the Dean may take
appropriate action in accordance with the
provisions of these Canons.
These Visitations shall be in addition to the Dean’s General Visitation
at which all Clergy and Church Officers shall be cited to appear before him at
such time and place as the Dean may direct.
the Dean shall issue a summons advising of his visitation, he shall also
deliver or cause to be delivered to the minister or churchwardens of the parish
to be visited, details of such matters on which he shall require the minister
and churchwardens to address him on the visitation day.
the case of a vacancy of a benefice, if within twelve months of the vacancy
arising the Lieutenant Governor does not present some person to the Bishop, or
in the vacancy of the See to the Archbishop, to be admitted and instituted to
the said benefice, then the Dean shall give notice to the Bishop so that the
Bishop may give order for collating to the benefice.
Dean shall be joint Chairman together with a member of the House of Laity of
the Deanery Synod.
Dean may from time to time appoint one or more deputies or vice deans who may
perform the duties of the Dean insofar as his Commission shall extend of which
there shall be an Authentic Act registered in the Rolls of the Ecclesiastical
Bishop may from time to time delegate to the Dean such of his powers and duties
as he may think fit.
C18 OF PRIESTS
HAVING A CURE OF SOULS
priest having a cure of souls shall provide that, except for some reasonable
cause, Morning and Evening Prayer daily, and on appointed days the Litany,
shall be said in the church, or one of the churches, of which he is the
priest having a cure of souls shall, except for some reasonable cause approved
by the Dean celebrate, or cause to be celebrated, the Holy Communion on all
Sundays and other greater Feast Days and on Ash Wednesday, and shall diligently
administer the sacraments and other rites of the Church.
priest having a cure of souls shall, except for some reasonable cause approved
by the Dean preach, or cause to be preached, a sermon in his church at least
once each Sunday.
shall instruct the children, or cause them to be instructed, in the Christian
faith, and shall use such opportunities of teaching or visiting in the schools
within his cure as are open to him.
5. He shall
carefully prepare, or cause to be prepared, all such as desire to be confirmed
and, if satisfied of their fitness, shall present them to the Bishop for
shall be diligent in visiting his parishioners, particularly those who are sick
and infirm; and he shall provide opportunities whereby any of his parishioners
may resort unto him for spiritual counsel and advice.
and the Congregational Meeting shall consult together on matters of general
concern and importance to the ecclesiastical parish.
at any time he shall be unable to discharge his duties whether from
non-residence or some other cause, he shall provide for his cure to be supplied
by a priest licensed or otherwise approved by the Bishop.
C19 OF THE
RESIDENCE OF PRIESTS ON THEIR BENEFICES
1. Every beneficed priest shall keep residence on his benefice, or on one
of them if he shall hold two
or more in plurality, and in the house of residence (if any) belonging thereto.
beneficed priest shall be absent from his
benefice, or from the house
of residence belonging thereto, for a period exceeding the space of three months together, or to be accounted
at several times in any one year, except he have a licence to be so absent, granted by the Dean after consultation with
the Bishop subject to the statutory
provisions in this behalf for the time being in force, if any, or be otherwise legally exempt from residence.
3. Any beneficed priest,
within one month after refusal of any such
licence, may appeal to the Archbishop, who shall confirm
such refusal or direct the Dean to grant a licence, as shall seem to the Archbishop just and proper.
the case of any benefice
in which there is no house, or
no fit house of residence, the priest holding that benefice may
be licensed by the Dean to reside in some fit and
convenient house, although not belonging to that benefice.
C20 OF THE MANNER
OF LIFE OF MINISTERS
priest and deacon is under obligation, not being prevented by sickness or some
other urgent cause, to say daily the Morning and Evening Prayer, either
privately or openly, and to celebrate the Holy Communion, or be present thereat
on all Sundays and other principal Feast Days. He is also to be diligent in
daily prayer and intercession, in examination of his conscience, and in the
study of the Holy Scriptures and such other studies as pertain to his
minister shall not give himself to such occupations, habits, or recreations as
do not befit his sacred calling, or may be detrimental to the performance of
the duties of his office, or tend to be a just cause of offence to others; and
at all times he shall be diligent to frame and fashion his life and that of his
family according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make himself and them, as
much as in him lies, wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ.
C21 OF THE DRESS OF
The apparel of a priest or deacon shall
be suitable to his office; and, save for purposes of recreation and other justifiable
reasons, shall be such as to be a sign
and mark of his holy calling and ministry as well to others as to those committed to his spiritual charge.
C22 OF THE
OCCUPATIONS OF MINISTERS
minister holding ecclesiastical office shall engage in
trade or any other occupation in such manner as to affect the performance of
the duties, except so far as he be authorised so to do under the statutory
provisions in this behalf for the time being in force if any or he have a
licence so to do granted by the Dean.
Dean shall have power to grant or refuse such a licence after consultation with
the church officers of the parish in which the minister holds office and with
the Dean shall refuse such a licence, the minister may within one month of such
refusal appeal to the Bishop, who shall confirm or overrule such refusal.
a vacancy of the see, the powers of the
Bishop under paragraph 3 of this
Canon shall be exercisable by the Archbishop.
THE LAY OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH
CHURCHWARDENS (also known as Surveillants)
of the Ancient Parishes shall elect two churchwardens at an Ecclesiastical
Assembly of the parish to be held at a convenient time and place prior to the
Each of the district churches shall elect two churchwardens at a
Congregational Assembly to be held at a convenient time and place prior to the
If there shall be more than two persons standing for election as
churchwardens in any ecclesiastical parish, the incumbent shall have power to
name one churchwarden and there shall be an election for the remaining position
of churchwarden. For the avoidance of doubt a churchwarden need not be resident
in the ecclesiastical parish which he serves in that capacity, but shall be on
the Deanery Electoral Roll.
oaths of office shall be administered to all churchwardens by the
Ecclesiastical Court as soon as conveniently possible after the 1st June in each year.
churchwardens so chosen and sworn in shall continue in office until they, or
others as their successors, be sworn in by a subsequent Ecclesiastical Court or
until they are dismissed by a resolution to that effect duly passed by an
Ecclesiastical Assembly (in the case of the ancient parishes) or a
Congregational Meeting (in the case of the district churches) as the case may
be. Any churchwarden who has been dismissed may appeal to the Ecclesiastical
Court which may confirm the dismissal, reinstate the churchwarden to office, or
make such other order as it thinks fit. The incumbent of the ecclesiastical
parish which has dismissed the churchwarden shall not sit in the Ecclesiastical
Court for the purposes of any such appeal.
churchwardens when admitted are officers of the Dean as commissary of the
Bishop. They shall discharge such duties as are by law and custom assigned to
them. They shall be foremost in representing the laity and in co-operating with
the incumbent; and shall use their best endeavours by example and precept to
encourage the parishioners in the practice of true religion and to promote
unity and peace among them. It shall be their duty to maintain order and
decency in the church and churchyard, especially during the time of divine
service; and to keep the accounts of the church and each year present to a
Congregational Meeting of the parish a set of accounts for the preceding
calendar year signed by them and by the incumbent, and audited by such third
party as shall have been nominated by the relevant Congregational Meeting for
In the event that the accounts so presented shall not be approved by
the Meeting the matter shall be remitted forthwith to the Ecclesiastical Court
which may make such order as it thinks fit. The incumbent of the ecclesiastical
parish the accounts of which are to be considered by the Ecclesiastical Court
shall not sit in the Ecclesiastical Court that receives them. Copies of the
accounts, once approved by the relevant Meeting, shall be remitted forthwith to
the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Jersey Deanery Synod and to the
churchwardens of the ancient parishes shall apply the revenues of the
“Trésor” of the Church to the repairs, maintenance and needs
of the Church, Churchyard and rectory; but they may not, save with the approval
of the Parish Assembly and Dean’s Licence or Faculty as may be
appropriate, give orders for anything more than ordinary repairs and those
other repairs or renewals necessary to be carried out without delay for the
preservation of the Church or rectory. It shall be the duty of the
churchwardens to present to the Ecclesiastical Assembly of the parish held
prior to the 31st May in each year a set of accounts in respect of the
“Tresor” and “Charité” accounts of the parish
for the precedent calendar year, signed by the incumbent and audited by such
third party as shall have been nominated by the assembly for such purpose.
In the event that the accounts so presented shall not be approved by
the Assembly, the matter shall be remitted forthwith to the Ecclesiastical Court which
shall make such order as it thinks just.
churchwardens shall have responsibility with the incumbent to ensure that all
things appertaining to the Church and required by Canon E below to be
provided are provided and maintained. In the Churchwardens is vested the
property in the plate, ornaments and other movable goods of the Church, and
they shall keep an inventory thereof, which they shall revise from time to time
as occasion may require. A copy of such inventory should be annexed to the
accounts mentioned in Canon D1.4 above. On leaving office, the
Churchwardens shall deliver to their successors any movable goods of the Church
remaining in their hands together with the said inventory, which shall be
checked by their successors.
7. Nothing in
these Canons shall affect the duties and obligations of Churchwardens under the
ALMONERS (also known as Collecteurs des Aumones)
of the Ancient Parishes shall elect not
less than two almoners at an Ecclesiastical Assembly of the parish to be
held at a convenient time and place prior to the 31st May. Each of the District Churches shall
elect two almoners at a Congregational Meeting to be held at a convenient time
and place prior to the 31st May.
oaths of office shall be administered to all almoners by the Ecclesiastical
Court as soon as conveniently possible after 1st June in each year.
shall be the duty of almoners to give churchwardens such assistance as may be
required in the discharge of their duties and to fulfil their other functions
and duties in accordance with the law and custom of the Island.
SIDESMEN OR ASSISTANTS TO THE CHURCHWARDENS
sidesmen of the Ancient Parish Churches and the District Churches are elected
at Congregational Meetings held in the same period. The Churchwardens in consultation with
the incumbent may appoint additional sidesmen to take office until the next
following congregational meeting.
person whose name is not on the Deanery Electoral Roll is eligible as a
sidesman, but all persons whose names are on the roll are so eligible.
shall be the duty of the sidesmen to promote the cause of true religion in the
parish and to assist the churchwardens in the discharge of their duties in maintaining
order and decency in the church and churchyard, especially during the time of
PARISH CLERKS AND OTHER OFFICERS
In any parish in which the services of a parish clerk, sexton,
verger, organist or other officer are required the minister and the customary
parochial authorities, if any, may, after consultation with the Dean, in
accordance with the law appoint some fit and proper person to these offices to
perform such services upon such terms and conditions as they may think fit and
according to custom as generally may be.
lay person, whether man or woman, who is baptised and confirmed and who
satisfies the Bishop that he is a regular communicant of the Church of England
may be admitted by the Bishop to the office of reader in the Church and
licensed by him to perform any duty or duties which may lawfully be performed
by a reader according to the provisions of paragraph 2 of this Canon.
shall be lawful for a reader –
visit the sick, to read and pray with them, to teach in Sunday school and
elsewhere, and generally to undertake such pastoral and educational work and to
give such assistance to any minister as the Bishop may direct;
the time of divine service to read Morning and Evening Prayer (save for the
Absolution), to publish banns of marriage at Morning and Evening Prayer, to
read the Word of God, to preach, to catechise the children, and to receive and
present the offerings of the people;
distribute the holy sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to the people.
Bishop may also authorise a reader to bury the dead or read the burial service
before, at or after a cremation but only, in each case, with the goodwill of
the persons responsible and at the invitation of the minister of the parish
When a cure is vacant there reference in this paragraph to the
minister of a parish shall be construed as a reference to the Dean.
Canons and procedure for the nomination admission and licensing of readers
resident in Jersey shall be the same as they would have been had those readers
been resident in England.
Bishop shall keep a register of the names of every person whom he has either
admitted to the office of Reader or licensed to exercise that office.
lay person, whether man or woman, who satisfies the Bishop that he or she –
baptised and confirmed and a regular communicant of the Church of England;
had the proper training; and
the other necessary qualifications,
may be admitted by the Bishop as a lay worker of the Church. A lay
worker may perform the duties set out in this Canon or any of them, if
authorised to do so by licence or permission of the Bishop.
man or woman admitted to the office or evangelist is thereby admitted as a lay
worker of the Church.
lay worker may in the place where he or she is licensed to serve, and under the
direction of the minister, lead the people in public worship, exercise pastoral
care, evangelise, instruct the people in Christian faith, and prepare them for
the reception of the sacraments.
lay worker may –
accordance with Canon B10, paragraph 4, be authorised and invited to
say or sing Morning or Evening Prayer (save for the Absolution);
the holy sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to the people and to read the
Epistle and the Gospel.
Bishop may also authorise a lay worker to perform any of the following duties
at the invitation of the minister of the parish concerned –
preach at divine service;
publish banns of marriage at Morning and Evening Prayer. When a cure is vacant
the first reference in this paragraph to the minister of a parish shall be
consumed as a reference to the Dean.
THE ADMISSION AND LICENSING OF LAY WORKERS
The Canons and procedure for the nomination admission and licensing
of lay workers resident in Jersey shall be the same as if they would have been
had they those lay workers been
resident in England.
THINGS APPERTAINING TO CHURCHES
every church and chapel where baptism is to be administered, there shall be
provided a decent font with a cover for the keeping clean thereof which shall
be set in as spacious and well-ordered surroundings as possible.
font bowl shall only be used for the water at the administration of Holy
Baptism and for no other purpose whatsoever.
THE HOLY TABLE
every church and chapel a convenient and decent table, of wood, stone, or other
suitable material, shall be provided for the celebration of the Holy Communion,
and shall stand in the main body of the church or in the chancel where Morning
and Evening Prayer are appointed to be said. Any dispute as to the position
where the table shall stand shall be determined by the Dean.
table, as becomes the table of the Lord, shall be kept in a sufficient and
seemly manner, and from time to time repaired, and shall be covered in the time
of divine service with a covering of silk or other fabric, and with a fair
white linen cloth at the time of the celebration of the Holy Communion.
THE COMMUNION PLATE
every church and chapel there shall be provided, for the celebration of the
Holy Communion, a chalice for the wine and a paten or other vessel for the
bread, of gold, silver, or other suitable metal. There shall also be provided a
suitable receptacle for the collection of the alms of the people, and a
convenient cruet or flagon for bringing the wine to the communion table.
is the duty of the minister of every church or chapel to see that the communion
plate is kept washed and clean, and ready for the celebration of the Holy
THE COMMUNION LINEN
In every church and chapel there shall be provided and maintained a
sufficient number of fair white linen cloths for the covering of the communion table and of other fair linen cloths for the use
of the priest during the celebration of Holy
ROBES FOR THE MINISTER
In every church and chapel appropriate robes for the minister or
ministers shall be provided and
maintained at the cost of the church or chapel.
THE READING DESKS AND PULPIT
In every church and chapel there shall be provided convenient desks
for the reading of Prayers and God’s word, and, unless it be not
required, a decent pulpit for the sermon, to be set in a convenient place;
which place, in the case of any dispute, shall be determined by the Dean, and
where the Rector of the place is the Dean, by the Vice-Dean in the
SEATS IN CHURCH
every church and chapel there shall be provided seats for the use of the
parishioners and others who attend divine service.
every church and chapel it
shall be the duty of the churchwardens, acting for this purpose as the officers
of the Dean and subject to his directions, to allocate the seats amongst the
parishioners and others in such manner as the service of God may be best
celebrated in the church or chapel; saving the right of the minister to
allocate seats in the chancel and the rights of any person to a seat or to
allocate seats confirmed by faculty, prescription, or statutory authority.
allocation of seats to non-parishioners shall not interfere with the rights of
the parishioners to have seats in the main body of the church.
1. To every church and chapel there shall be provided at least one bell to ring the
people to divine service.
in accordance with
ancient custom, no bell in any
church or chapel shall be rung contrary to the direction of
THE BIBLE AND THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER FOR THE USE OF THE MINISTER
In every church and chapel there shall be provided for the use of
the minister a Bible, including the Apocrypha, and a Book of Common Prayer,
both of large size; a convenient Bible to be kept in the pulpit for the use of
the preacher; and a service book, together with a cushion or desk, for use at
the communion table.
E10 OF THE ALMS BOX
In every church and chapel there shall be provided in a convenient
place a box for the alms of the people; which alms are to be applied to such
uses as the minister and church officers shall think fit; wherein if they
disagree, the Dean shall determine the disposal thereof.
E11 OF THE REGISTER
BOOKS AND THEIR CUSTODY
1. In every church and chapel
where baptism is to be administered or matrimony solemnised there shall be provided register books of
baptism, banns, and marriage respectively, and, if a churchyard or burial ground belonging to such church or chapel is used for burials, a
register book of burials.
2. Register books shall be provided, maintained, and kept in accordance with the laws relating thereto, and the rules and regulations made thereunder and from time to time in force as the Dean may
every church and chapel there shall also be
provided a register book of confirmations.
E12 OF THE REGISTER
BOOK OF SERVICES
register book of services shall be provided in all churches and chapels.
the said register book shall be recorded every service of public worship,
together with the name of the officiating minister and of the preacher (if he
be other than the officiating minister), the number of communicants, and the
amount of any alms or other collection and, if desired, notes of significant
E13 OF THE CARE AND
REPAIR OF CHURCHES
churches and chapels in every parish shall be decently
kept and from time to time, as
occasion may require, shall be well and
sufficiently repaired and all things therein
shall be maintained in such an orderly and decent fashion as best
becomes the House of God.
like care shall be taken that the churchyards be duly and that the said fences
be maintained at the charge of those to whom by law or custom the liability
belongs, and that the churchyards be kept in such an orderly and decent manner
as becomes consecrated ground.
shall be the duty of the minister and churchwardens, if any alterations,
additions, removals, or repairs are proposed to be made in the fabric, ornaments,
or furniture of the church, to obtain the faculty or licence of the Ecclesiastical Court before proceeding to execute the same.
the case of every church and chapel, a record of all alterations, additions, removals, or repairs so executed shall be kept in a book to be provided for the purpose and the record
shall indicate where specifications and plans may be inspected if not deposited with the book.
E14 OF CHURCHES NOT
TO BE PROFANED
churchwardens and their assistants shall not suffer the church or chapel to be profaned by any meeting therein for temporal objects inconsistent with
the sanctity of the place, nor
the bells to be rung at any
time contrary to the direction of the minister, save in accordance with ancient
shall not suffer any person so to behave in the church,
church porch, or churchyard during the time
of divine service as to create disturbance. They shall also take care that nothing be done therein contrary to the law of the Church or of the Island.
any person be
guilty of riotous, violent, or
indecent behaviour in any church,
chapel, or churchyard, whether in any time of divine service or not,
or of disturbing, vexing, troubling,
or misusing any minister
officiating therein, the said churchwardens or their assistants
shall take care to restrain the offender and if necessary proceed
against him according to law.
E15 OF PLAYS,
CONCERTS AND EXHIBITIONS OF FILMS AND PICTURES IN CHURCHES
any church or chapel is to be used for a play, concert, or exhibition of films
or pictures, the minister shall take care that the words, music, and pictures
are such as befit the House of God, are consonant with sound doctrine, and make
for the edifying of the people.
minister shall obey any general directions relating to such use of a church or
chapel issued from time to time by the Dean or the Bishop.
play, concert, or exhibition of films or pictures shall be held in any church
or chapel except the minister have first consulted the authorities concerned
with the precautions against fire and other dangers required by the law to be
taken in the case of performances of plays, concerts, or exhibitions of
cinematograph films, and the said authorities have signified that the proposed
arrangements are a sufficient compliance with the regulations in force as to
precautions against fire or other dangers.
any doubt arises as to the manner in which the preceding clauses of this Canon
are to be observed, the minister shall refer the matter to the Dean and obey
his directions therein.
E16 OF KEEPING A
RECORD OF THE PROPERTY OF CHURCHES
Dean shall procure so far as he is able that a full note and terrier of all
lands, goods, and other possessions of the churches and chapels of the Island
be compiled and kept by the minister and churchwardens in accordance with his
instructions from time to time.
Dean shall at least once in three years, either in person or by a vice Dean
satisfy himself that the directions of the preceding paragraph of this Canon
have been carried out in all the parishes.
E17 OF THE SURVEY
It shall be the responsibility of the Minister and Churchwardens of
every church and chapel in the Island at least once in every five years to
procure that the church buildings within their jurisdiction are inspected by
one or more persons with skill and expertise for that purpose who shall give a
written report on the defects, if any, in the church fabric, ornaments and
furniture of the same and a copy of such report shall be furnished by the
Minister to the Dean, and in the case of Ancient Parishes, also to the Constable of the Parish.
THE ECCLESIASTICAL COURT
1. The Ecclesiastical Court Divisions
There shall be two divisions of the Ecclesiastical Court –
Ordinary Division and
Clergy Disciplinary Division.
2. Court Officers
shall be not less than two advocates, one of whom shall be the Proctor, duly
sworn to the Court to assist the Court in the performance of its duties. It
shall be the responsibility of the Proctor to present appropriate business for
consideration by the Court in accordance with established custom.
shall also be a Greffier duly sworn to the Court to keep a record of the Acts
of the Court from time to time. The Court may also appoint a Greffier
substitute to assist the Greffier or attend Court in the absence of the
3. Rules of Court
Rules of Court may be made by both Divisions of the Court from time
to time with the consent of the Dean, and with the consent too of the Bishop in
relation to Clergy Discipline –
regulating and prescribing the procedure and practice of the respective
Divisions of the Court in all causes or matters whatsoever in respect of which
the such Division of the Court has jurisdiction and any matters incidental
thereto and for regulating the sittings of the Court from time to time.
regulating or making provision with respect to any other matters which may
require to be regulated or with respect to which provision may require to be
made for the purposes of these Canons.
Rules of Court once made shall be published by transmitting a copy
thereof to the incumbent of every ecclesiastical parish and the incumbent of
every proprietary chapel in the Island. Rules of Court made hereunder shall be
maintained by the Greffier and available to the public from the Judicial Greffe
of the Royal Court.
THE ORDINARY DIVISION
1. President of the Ordinary Division
The Dean or in his absence a Vice Dean shall preside
over sittings of the Ordinary Division of the Court. All incumbents of
the Ancient Parishes shall be members in the Ordinary Division of the Court and
sit as Assessors to advise the President.
Quorum for any sitting of the Ordinary Division shall be a President sitting
with five Assessors.
Save where the same is inconsistent with these Canons in which case
these Canons shall prevail, the jurisdiction of the Ordinary Division of the
Court shall extend in the Deanery of Jersey to the following matters –
consideration of applications for Faculties and matters relating thereto;
administration of oaths to Church and Court Officers and members of the Clergy
admission of Notaries Public;
matters as are expressed in these Canons to be within its jurisdiction;
other matters, other than those relating to Clergy discipline, as customarily
fell within the jurisdiction of the Court immediately prior to the promulgation
of these Canons;
issuing of Practice Directions.
those entitled to sit shall be given reasonable notice of any sitting of the
Ecclesiastical Court. At every sitting; the names of those in attendance shall
be enrolled. The Court shall sit in public save in cases of non-contentious
business when the Dean may sit in chambers.
causes and matters before the Court shall be determined by the President of the
Court after he shall have sought the advice and opinion of the members of the
Court at the sitting.
Appeals in matters which fall within the jurisdiction of the
Ordinary Division of the Court under section 3 above shall be heard and
determined by the Inferior Number of the Royal Court. Every appeal shall be
entered by notice in writing to the Greffier of the Royal Court with a copy to
the Dean, within fifteen days of the decision to be appealed. Any such appeal
shall not take place by way of rehearing de novo but the Royal Court shall have
the right to hear such fresh or further evidence as it shall think fit and
generally to resolve the procedure for determining the appeal as in its discretion
it thinks fit in all the circumstances of the case.
the provisions of Canon F2.6 above; the Royal Court may from time to time
make and amend such rules governing the procedure on appeals as it may think
8. (a) The costs of and incidental to all
proceedings in the Ecclesiastical Court shall be in the discretion of the Court
and the Court shall have full power to determine by whom and to what extent the
costs are to be paid.
ordered to be paid pursuant to this Canon shall be recoverable as a civil debt.
THE CLERGY DISCIPLINARY DIVISION
Any body or person on whom functions in connection with the
discipline of persons in Holy Orders are conferred by this Canon shall, in
exercising those functions, have due regard to the role in that connection of
the Bishop of Winchester by virtue of his office and consecration and the
jurisdiction vested in the Dean by virtue of his Letters Patent from the
1. Composition of the Clergy Disciplinary Division
The Clergy Disciplinary Division shall comprise the following
President who shall be the Dean.
Vice President who shall be a Royal Court Commissioner or an Advocate or
Solicitor of the Royal Court of at least 10 years standing appointed by the
Dean in consultation with the Bishop and the Bailiff and
who shall preside at all sittings of the Clergy Disciplinary Division.
panel of members as follows –
(i) one person from
each Ancient Parish and Ecclesiastical District being persons who are resident in
the Island of Jersey and are on the Deanery electoral roll appointed by the
President in consultation with the incumbent of the Parish or Ecclesiastical
District and who shall be nominated to serve for not more than three years. Such person may be nominated to serve
for one further period of three years.
(ii) Twelve Clerks in
Holy Orders of at least seven years standing, resident in the island of Jersey
appointed by the President in consultation with the Bishop.
(iii) Five advocates or
solicitors of the Royal Court of at least ten years standing appointed by the
President in consultation with the Bailiff and the Bishop.
No person who
is not an actual communicant of the Church of England shall be nominated to serve on the
Where the period of service of a person nominated to serve on the
panel expires while he is a member of the Court to which proceedings under this
Canon are referred, he shall continue to be a member of the Court until the
completion of the said proceedings.
Where a casual vacancy occurs on the panel the, Dean may nominate a
person to fill the vacancy, and the provisions of subsections (i), (ii)
and (iii) above, relating to qualifications and consultations shall apply
for the purposes of this subsection as they applied for the purposes of the
nomination of the person whose place he takes on the panel.
Any person nominated to fill a casual vacancy shall serve only for
the unexpired term of service of the person whose place he takes on the panel.
The Vice President or in his absence one of the Advocates appointed
pursuant to paragraph (iii) above will preside at all sittings of the
Clergy Disciplinary Division.
2. Functions of the Division
The Clergy Disciplinary Division shall exercise the functions
conferred on it by this Canon and in addition shall have the following duties –
make itself familiar with codes of practice and general policy guidance to
persons exercising functions in the Church of England in connection with clergy
discipline and with the penalties which are appropriate in particular
make annually to the Bishop a report on the exercise of its functions during
the previous year; and
issue Practice Directions.
3. Jurisdiction in disciplinary proceedings
clergy Disciplinary Division has jurisdiction to hear and determine
disciplinary proceedings under this Canon
against a Clerk in Holy Orders –
(a) who, when the
misconduct complained of was alleged to have been committed, held preferment or
the Bishop’s licence in the Deanery or, subject to subsection (3)
below, was resident therein; or
(b) who is alleged to have
officiated as a minister in the Deanery without authority.
disciplinary proceedings in respect of any matter are instituted under
section 7 below against a priest or deacon in the Diocese in which he
holds or held preferment or in which he is alleged to have officiated as a
minister without authority no such proceedings in respect of the same matter
shall be instituted in the Deanery of Jersey on the basis of residence therein
and any such proceedings previously instituted on that basis shall be
disciplinary proceedings in respect of any matter are instituted under
section 7 below against a priest or deacon in the diocese in which he is
alleged to have officiated without authority, no such proceedings in respect of
the same matter shall be instituted in the Deanery of Jersey on the basis of
preferment therein and any such proceedings previously instituted on that basis
shall be discontinued.
Where a complaint is to be referred under these Canons
to The Clergy Disciplinary Division the following provisions of these Canons shall have effect for the
purpose of regulating proceedings against a Clerk in Holy Orders who is alleged
to have committed an act or omission and references to misconduct shall be
proceedings under this Canon may be instituted against any Clerk in Holy Orders
alleging any of the following acts or omissions –
(a) doing any act in
contravention of the laws ecclesiastical of Jersey;
(b) failing to do any act
required by the laws ecclesiastical of Jersey;
(c) neglect or inefficiency
in the performance of the duties of his office;
(d) conduct unbecoming or
inappropriate to the office and work of a Clerk in Holy Orders;
(e) conduct leading to a
breakdown in pastoral relationship between Priest and parish.
the case of a minister licensed to serve in the Deanery by the Bishop the
licence shall not be terminated by reason of that person’s misconduct
otherwise than by way of such proceedings.
6. Limitation of time for institution of proceedings
No disciplinary proceedings under this Canon shall be instituted
unless the misconduct in question, or the last instance of it in the case of a
series of acts or omissions, occurred within the period of the two years ending
with the date on which proceedings are instituted:
Provided that, when the misconduct is one for which the person
concerned has been convicted either on indictment or summarily, proceedings may
be instituted within twelve months of the conviction becoming conclusive,
notwithstanding that the aforesaid period of two years has elapsed:
And provided further that the President may, if he considers that
there was good reason why the complainant did not institute proceedings at an
earlier date, after consultation with the complainant and the respondent give
his written permission for the proceedings to be instituted after the expiry of
the said period of two years.
7. Institution of proceedings
proceedings under these Canons
may be instituted against any Clerk in
Holy Orders who is subject to the jurisdiction of the
Ecclesiastical Court by virtue of section 3 above, by way of complaint
made in writing, only as follows by –
(i) a person
nominated by a congregational meeting of any parish or district church which
has a proper interest in making the complaint, if not less than two-thirds of
the lay members present and voting pass a resolution to the effect that the
proceedings be instituted; or
(ii) a Church Officer of any such parish; or
(iii) any other person who
has a proper interest in making the complaint.
complaint made under this section shall be accompanied by written particulars
of the alleged misconduct, and written evidence in support of the complaint
shall be sent to the Proctor of the Ecclesiastical Court either with the
complaint or at such later time as he may allow.
a complaint is made under this section against the Dean his duties and
functions shall in all respects be undertaken by the Vice President.
a complaint is made under this section against the Bishop in respect of a
matter arising in Jersey the matter shall be dealt with under the provisions of
the English Clergy Discipline Measure.
8. Preliminary scrutiny of complaint
(1) When a complaint
in writing has been made in accordance with section 7 above it shall be
considered in the first instance by the Proctor of the Ecclesiastical Court
(the “Proctor”) who shall thereupon scrutinise the complaint in
consultation with the complainant with a view to –
(a) forming a view as to
whether or not the person making the complaint has a proper interest in doing
so or, if the complainant purports to be a Church Officer, establishing that he is such, and
(b) forming a view as to
whether or not there is sufficient substance in the complaint to justify
proceeding with it in accordance with the following provisions of this Canon,
and the Proctor shall notify the respondent, the Bishop and the Dean
that the complaint has been
referred to him.
scrutinised the complaint the Proctor shall, within the period of twenty-eight
days following its receipt by him or such longer period as he considers to be
justified in the particular circumstances of the case, send a written report to
the Bishop and the Dean setting out the Proctor’s views and thereupon
they shall, acting together, deal with the complaint in accordance with the
following provisions of these Canons, having regard to the Proctor’s
Provided that the period of twenty-eight days referred to above
shall not be extended as aforesaid more than once.
receipt of the Proctor’s report the Bishop and the Dean may
dismiss the complaint and, if they do so, he shall give written notice of the
dismissal to the complainant, the respondent and the Bishop, together with a
copy of the report.
14 days of receipt of a notice of dismissal the complainant may request
the Vice-President of the Ecclesiastical Court to review the dismissal, and the
Vice-President may then uphold the dismissal or, if he considers the dismissal
to be plainly wrong, reverse it and refer the matter to the Proctor with a
direction to deal with the complaint in accordance with section 14 below.
the Proctor proposes to extend the period of twenty-eight days referred to in
subsection (2) above, he shall, before doing so, consult the Dean, the
complainant and the respondent.
9. Courses available to the Bishop and the Dean
Bishop and the Dean shall, within the period of twenty-eight days following the
receipt by him of the Proctor’s report under section 10(2) above, or
such longer period as he considers to be justified in the particular
circumstances of the case, determine which of the following courses is to be
(a) they may take no
further action, in which case the provisions of section 10 below apply; or
(b) they may, if the
respondent consents, direct that the matter remain on the record conditionally,
in which case the provisions of section 11 below apply; or
(c) they may direct that an
attempt to bring about conciliation in accordance with section 12 below is
to be made; or
(d) they may impose a
penalty by consent in accordance with section 13 below; or
(e) they may direct that
the complaint is to be formally investigated by the Proctor of the
Ecclesiastical Court in accordance with section 14 below.
the Dean proposes to extend the period of twenty-eight days referred to in
subsection (1) above he shall, before doing so, consult the Bishop, the
complainant and the respondent.
(3) The Bishop and the Dean shall notify the complainant
and the respondent forthwith of any decision made by him pursuant to subsection (1) above.
10. No further action
the Bishop and the Dean determine that there is to be no further action the
following provisions of this section shall apply.
shall reduce their determination to writing and shall give a copy of it to the
complainant and the respondent.
(3) On receipt of a notice of no further action
the complainant may within 14 days of receiving the notice request the
Vice-President of the Ecclesiastical Court to review the decision. Within
28 days of receipt of the complainant’s referral the
Vice-President’s decision shall be given in writing with reasons and sent
to the complainant, the respondent, the Bishop and the Dean. The Vice-President
may uphold the decision or, if he considers the decision to be plainly wrong,
reverse it and refer the matter to the Proctor with a direction to deal with
the complaint in accordance with section 14 below. No new or further
evidence may be submitted to the Vice-President for the purposes of considering
the Bishop and the Dean’s determination.
11. Conditional deferment
the Bishop and the Dean, with the consent of the respondent, determines that
the matter is to be recorded conditionally the following provisions of this
section shall apply.
complaint and the determination shall be remain on a record maintained by the
Greffier of the Ecclesiastical Court for such period not exceeding ten years as
the Bishop may determine and, subject to subsection (3) below, no further
action shall be taken.
the provisions of section 6 above, if another complaint is made under
section 7 above against the respondent and that complaint is dealt with
under paragraph (c), (d) or (e) of section 9(1) above, the recorded
complaint may be dealt with under any of those paragraphs together with the
Bishop and the Dean shall reduce their determination to writing and give a copy
of it to the complainant and the respondent. He shall also supply them with a
statement explaining the effect of subsections (2) and (3) above.
14 days of receipt of the determination the complainant may refer the
complaint to the Greffier with a request that the Vice-President review the
decision. If the Vice-President considers that the determination was plainly
wrong, he may direct the Dean to pursue such of the courses specified in
section 9(1)(c) to (e) above as he considers appropriate, in which case
the Dean shall proceed accordingly.
the Bishop and the Dean determine that an attempt to bring about conciliation
is to be made they shall afford the complainant and the respondent an
opportunity to make representations and, if both of them agree to the appointment
of a conciliator, an appointment shall be made under subsection (2) below.
appointment of a conciliator shall be by the Bishop and the Dean with the
agreement of the complainant and the respondent.
shall not appoint any person to be a conciliator unless they are satisfied that
there is no reason to question the impartiality of that person.
conciliator appointed under this section shall use his best endeavours to bring
about a conciliation between the complainant and the respondent and –
(a) if, within the period
of three months following his appointment or such further period as he may,
with the agreement of the complainant and the respondent, allow a conciliation
is brought about, he shall submit a report on the case to the Bishop and the
Dean, together with such recommendations as he may wish to make;
(b) if a conciliation is
not brought about but the complainant and the respondent agree that another
conciliator should be appointed, the Dean may in consultation with the Bishop
appoint that other person as the conciliator for the purposes of this section;
(c) if a conciliation is
not brought about and the complainant and the respondent do not agree as
aforesaid, he shall refer the matter back to the Dean and the Bishop.
(5) If –
(a) the complainant and the
respondent do not agree to the appointment of a conciliator or as to the person
to be appointed, or
(b) the matter is referred
back to the Bishop and the Dean by the conciliator under subsection 4(c)
The Bishop and the Dean shall proceed to deal with the complaint
under paragraph (a), (b), (d) or (e) of section 9(1) above.
13. Penalty by consent
the Bishop and the Dean consider that the imposition of a penalty by consent
might be appropriate, they shall afford the complainant and the respondent an
opportunity to make representations and, if the respondent consents to the
imposition of a penalty under this section and he, the Bishop and the Dean
agree as to the penalty, the Bishop and the Dean shall, subject to
subsection (2) below, proceed accordingly and thereafter no further step
shall be taken in regard thereto.
it is agreed that prohibition for life or resignation is the appropriate course
the respondent or the Bishop and the Dean may, within the period of seven days
following the date of the agreement, withdraw agreement and the prohibition or
resignation shall not be implemented in pursuance of this section.
the consent of the respondent to the imposition of a penalty under this section
is not obtained or they are unable to reach agreement as to the nature of the
penalty, the Bishop and the Dean shall proceed to deal with the complaint under
paragraph (e) of section 9(1) above.
Bishop shall notify the Archbishop and the Registrar of the Diocese of any
penalty agreed in pursuance of subsection (1) above.
14. Formal investigation
the Bishop and the Dean direct that the complaint is to be formally
investigated, they shall refer the matter to the Proctor of the Ecclesiastical Court
and it shall then be the duty of the Proctor or an advocate appointed by him
for the purpose, to cause inquiries to be made into the complaint.
due inquiries have been made into the complaint the Proctor shall decide
whether there is a case to answer.
the Proctor decides that there is a case for the respondent to answer he shall
declare that as his decision and refer the complaint to the Ecclesiastical Court for adjudication.
the Proctor decides that there is no case for the respondent to answer he shall
declare his decision, and thereafter no further steps shall be taken in regard
Proctor shall reduce his decision to writing and shall give a copy of it to the
complainant, the respondent, the Bishop and the Dean.
the matter has been referred to the Proctor under the provisions of
paragraph 10(3) the Proctor shall, in addition to the requirements of
paragraph 14(5) above send a copy of his report to the Vice-President.
15. Conduct of proceedings and constitution
disciplinary proceedings under these Canons it shall be the duty of the Proctor
or an Advocate duly authorised by him to present the case against the
any such proceedings the Clergy Disciplinary Division of the Ecclesiastical
Court shall be constituted as follows –
(a) the Vice-President or
an advocate nominated from the panel appointed under paragraph 1(c)(iii)
who shall preside; and
(b) Two members from each
of the panels nominated under paragraphs 1(c)(i) and (ii).
any such proceedings –
(a) the standard of proof
to be applied by the Court shall be the same as in proceedings in the Royal
Court exercising civil jurisdiction;
(b) the determination of
any matter before the Court shall be according to the opinion of the majority
of the members thereof and shall be pronounced in public together with its
(c) the hearing shall be in public, except that the Court, if satisfied
that it is in the interests of justice so to do and the respondent so requests,
may direct that the hearing shall be in private in which case the court may,
during any part of the proceedings, exclude such person or persons as it may determine.
president of the hearing may direct –
(a) that the complaint is
to be withdrawn, whereupon no further action shall be taken in the proceedings;
(b) that an attempt or
further attempt to bring about conciliation is to made, whereupon the
provisions of section 12 above shall apply.
16. Imposition of penalty
(1) Upon a finding by the Court in disciplinary
proceedings that the respondent committed the misconduct complained of, the
Court may –
(a) impose on the
respondent any one or more of the penalties mentioned in section 18 below,
(b) defer consideration of
the penalty and for that purpose may adjourn the proceedings; or
(c) impose no penalty.
imposing a penalty the Court may invite the Bishop in consultation with the
Dean to express in writing his views as to the appropriate penalty and the
Court may have regard to any such views in imposing the penalty, if any
and the views of the Bishop and the Dean shall be conveyed in writing to the
Provided that, if the Bishop or the Dean has given evidence in the
proceedings, they shall not be consulted.
this section any reference to a penalty includes a reference to an order for
conditional discharge under section 19 below.
17. Right of appeal
disciplinary proceedings under these Canons –
(a) the respondent may
appeal against any penalty imposed on him, and
(b) the respondent on a
question of law or fact, and the Proctor, on a question of law, may appeal
against any finding of the Court,
in Causes Ecclesiastical from the Clergy Disciplinary Division shall be heard
and determined by the Inferior Number of the Royal Court. Every appeal shall be
entered by notice in writing to the Greffier of the Royal Court with a copy to
the Bishop and the Dean within 15 days of the decision to be appealed. Any such appeal shall be dealt with and
determined by the Royal Court in such way as the Court shall deem just in the
circumstances of the case. The Royal Court shall not be required to hear the
appeal by a hearing de novo but may hear such evidence, including fresh or
further evidence, as shall seem to the Royal Court to be appropriate in the
interests of justice and shall generally resolve the procedure for determining
the appeal as in its discretion it thinks fit in all the circumstances of the
18. Types of penalty
or more of the following penalties may be imposed on a respondent upon a finding that he has committed any misconduct,
(a) prohibition for life,
that is to say prohibition without limit of time from exercising any of the
functions of his Orders;
(b) limited prohibition,
that is to say prohibition for a specific time from exercising any of the
functions of his Orders;
(c) removal from office,
that is to say, removal from any preferment which he then holds;
(d) in the case of a
minister licensed to serve in the Deanery by the Bishop, revocation of the
(e) injunction, that is to
say, an order to do or to refrain from doing a specified act;
penalty of removal from office imposed on any person holding any preferment the
right to appoint to which is vested in Her Majesty (not being a parochial
benefice) shall have effect unless and until Her Majesty by Order in Council confirms the penalty.
19. Conditional discharge
upon a finding that the respondent has committed any misconduct, the Court
is of opinion, having regard to the circumstances including the nature of the
misconduct and the character of the respondent, that it is inexpedient to
impose a penalty it may make an order discharging him subject to the condition
that he commits no misconduct during such period not exceeding two years from
the date of the order as may be specified in the order.
making an order under subsection (1) above the Court shall explain
to the respondent in ordinary language that if he commits further misconduct
during the period specified in the order a penalty may be imposed for the
under subsection (4) below, a penalty is imposed on a person conditionally
discharged under subsection (1) above for the misconduct in respect of which
the order for conditional discharge was made, that order shall cease to have
a person in whose case an order has been made under subsection (1) above
is found, in disciplinary proceedings under these canons, to have committed misconduct during the period specified in the
order, the Court may deal with him for the misconduct for which the order was
made in any manner in which it could deal with him if it had just found that he
had committed that misconduct.
20. Removal of prohibition for life
by virtue of anything done under these Canons a priest or deacon is prohibited
for life he may make an application to the Archbishop for the prohibition to be
nullified on the grounds –
(a) that new evidence has
come to light affecting the facts on which the prohibition was based; or
(b) that the proper legal
procedure leading to the prohibition was not followed.
the Archbishop, on an application made in accordance with subsection (1)
above, considers that the prohibition was not justified he may, after
consultation with the Bishop, the Dean and the Attorney General for Jersey, refer the matter to the Royal Court for
consideration as to whether the prohibition be nullified. If so nullified it
shall be treated for all purposes in law as never having been imposed.
21. Removal of limited prohibition
Where by virtue of anything done under these Canons a priest or
deacon is prohibited from exercising functions for a specific time he and the
Bishop acting jointly may make an application to the Ecclesiastical Court for
the removal of the prohibition; and on receiving such an application the Court
may make an order removing the prohibition, whereupon he shall be eligible for
22. Restoration on pardon
Where by virtue of anything done under these Canons a priest or
deacon is prohibited from exercising functions or removed from office his
incapacities shall cease if he receives a free pardon from the Crown and he
shall be restored to any preferment he previously held if it has not in the
meantime been filled.
23. Disobedience to penalty etc.
Any person who performs in the Church of England, within the
Bailiwick of Jersey, any function which, under a penalty imposed on him under
these Canons, he is not permitted to perform commits an act of misconduct under
these Canons, disciplinary proceedings under these Canons may be instituted
against him in respect of the misconduct and in the case of a person deposed from Holy Orders, disciplinary
proceedings under these Canons may be instituted against him in respect of the
misconduct as if he had not been deposed.
24. Proceedings in secular courts
Sentences of imprisonment and matrimonial
orders: priests and deacons
(1) If a
person who is a priest or deacon –
(a) is convicted (whether
in the Island of Jersey or elsewhere) of an offence and a sentence of
imprisonment (including one which is not implemented immediately) is passed on
(b) has a decree of divorce
or an order of separation (whether in the Island of Jersey or elsewhere) made
against him following a finding of adultery, behaviour in such a way that the
petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent or
desertion and, in the case of divorce, the decree has been made absolute, he
shall be liable without further proceedings to a penalty of removal from office
or prohibition (whether for life or limited) or both.
a person is liable to a penalty of removal from office or prohibition by virtue
of subsection (1) above and the Bishop and the Dean are considering the
imposition of such a penalty, they shall inform the person in writing within
the period of twenty-eight days. On the expiry of that period the Bishop and
the Dean shall decide whether or not to impose the penalty and shall, within a
period not exceeding fourteen days, inform that person in writing of the
decision. If the decision is to impose the penalty, that person may request the
Archbishop to review the decision and upon such a such a review the archbishop may uphold or reverse the decision after
consideration of all the circumstances, including any representations made
under this subsection.
penalty shall not be imposed under this section after the expiry of the period
of two years beginning with the date on which the sentence becomes conclusive
or, as the case may be, the decree absolute or order is made.
a penalty is to be imposed under this section, it shall be imposed by the
Bishop, and before imposing it the Bishop shall require the Greffier to give
(if it is practicable to do so) not less than fourteen days notice in writing
to the priest or deacon concerned of the time and place at which the penalty
will be imposed and if the priest or deacon appears at that time and place he
shall be entitled to be present when the penalty is imposed.
imposing a penalty under this section the Bishop shall be attended by the Dean
and the Greffier. The penalty shall be reduced to writing and a copy thereof
shall be sent to the archbishop, the Dean and to the Registrar of the diocese.
functions exercisable under this section by the Archbishop shall, during the
absence abroad or incapacity through illness of the Archbishop or a vacancy in
the see, be exercised by the other Archbishop.
25. Consequences of penalties imposed under section 24
Where a penalty of removal from office or prohibition is imposed on
any person pursuant to the provisions of section 24 above the penalty
shall have effect subject to the provisions of sections 18 to 23 above, and the
like consequences shall ensue in all respects as if such person had been found
to have committed misconduct under these Canons and such a penalty had been
imposed on him.
26. Duty to disclose criminal convictions and arrests
(1) A person in Holy
Orders who (whether in Jersey or elsewhere) is convicted of an offence or is arrested on
suspicion of committing an offence shall be under a duty, within the period of
twenty-eight days following the conviction or arrested in the case of a priest
or deacon, to inform the Bishop and the Dean of
the conviction or arrest.
to comply with the requirements of subsection (1) above shall be regarded
as a failure to do an act required by the laws ecclesiastical for the purposes
of section 5(1) above.
27. Duty to disclose divorce and separation
Section 26 above shall apply to a person in Holy Orders in
respect of whose marriage a decree nisi of divorce has been made absolute or an
order of judicial separation has been made as it applies to a person who is
convicted of an offence.
28. Suspension of priest or deacon during proceedings
(1) Where –
(a) a complaint in writing
is made under section 7(1) above against a priest or deacon holding any
preferment in the Deanery of Jersey, or
(b) a priest or deacon
holding any preferment in the Deanery of Jersey is arrested on suspicion of
committing a criminal offence,
The Bishop and the Dean may, by notice in writing served on him, suspend him from exercising or
performing without the leave of the Bishop and the Dean any right or duty of or
incidental to his office:
Provided that, in the case of a complaint made as aforesaid, the
priest or deacon shall not be suspended under this subsection unless and until
the complaint falls to be considered under Canon F39(1) above.
and the Dean,
may at any time, by notice in writing served on the priest or
deacon concerned, revoke a notice of suspension served under
subsection (1) above.
a notice of suspension is served under subsection (1) above and it has not
been revoked under subsection (2) the suspension shall continue until the
expiry of the period of three months following service of the notice or until
the proceedings under these Canons or for the criminal offence are concluded,
whichever occurs earlier, but if the proceedings are not concluded before the
expiry of that period a further notice of suspension under subsection (1) above may be served, and this
subsection shall apply in relation to the further suspension as it applied to
the earlier suspension or suspensions.
a notice of suspension is served under subsection (1) above the Dean may,
after consultation with the Bishop and churchwardens and with the incumbent or
priest in charge concerned, make such arrangements as he thinks fit for the
ministrations of the church or churches concerned while the suspension remains
a notice of suspension under subsection (1) above remains in force in
relation to a priest or deacon he shall not interfere with any person
performing the services of a church in pursuance of arrangements made under
subsection (4) above, and any such interference shall be regarded as an
act in contravention of the laws ecclesiastical for the purposes of
section 5(1) above.
priest or deacon on whom a notice of suspension is served under
subsection (1) above may appeal against the suspension to the
Ecclesiastical Court and on any such appeal the Court may, within twenty-eight
days following the lodging of the appeal, either confirm or revoke the
29 When convictions etc. are to be deemed conclusive
(1) Proceedings under these Canons and a
conviction by a secular court shall become conclusive for the purposes of these
(a) where there has been an
appeal, upon the date on which the appeal is dismissed or abandoned or the
proceedings on appeal are finally concluded, but, if varied on appeal, shall be
conclusive only as so varied, and so far as it is reversed on appeal shall
cease to have effect;
(b) if there is no such
appeal, upon the expiration of the time limited for such appeal, or in the case
of a conviction where no time is so limited, of two months from the date of the
(c) in the case of a
conviction against which there is no right of appeal from the date of the
the conviction of a clerk in Holy Orders by a secular court becomes conclusive
a certificate of such conviction shall, for the purposes of these Canons be conclusive proof that
he has committed the act therein specified.
30 Transitional provisions
under these Canons may be
instituted in relation to misconduct committed before the date on which
section 5 above comes into operation.
(2) Section 24
above shall apply in relation to sentences of imprisonment passed before, as
well as after, the date on which that section comes into operation.
THE SYNODS OF THE CHURCH
shall be the duty of the incumbent and churchwardens of each ecclesiastical
parish to ensure that an Ecclesiastical Assembly or congregational meeting as
appropriate of their church elects such number of representatives to the Jersey
Deanery Synod as their church is entitled to have pursuant to the rules
applicable to the Jersey Deanery Synod from time to time.
shall be the duty of the Jersey Deanery Synod to ensure that it elects such
representatives to the Diocesan and General Synods as it is entitled to have
pursuant to the rules applicable to such synods from time to time.
in these Canons shall derogate from the rights, privileges and customs of the
Church of England in, and the people of, Jersey so far as concerns Church