Once a year, churchwardens from each parish spend an evening with their local Archdeacon, talking as a group and individually about how things are going in their churches.
In advance of this, churchwardens fill in a form, called Articles of Enquiry, which gives the Archdeacon an idea of the parish's mission initiatives, its commitment to deepening discipleship, and the names of various lay officers in the parish. This ensures that the conversation with the Archdeacon is an informed one.
Dates for 2018 Visitations
The Archdeacons' Visitations that will take place during 2018 are to be confirmed:
Fareham and Gosport deaneries:
Tuesday 19th June at St Mary, Alverstoke
Wednesday, 16th May, St John’s, Rowlands Castle
Monday, 14th May, St Simon’s, Southsea
Bishop's Waltham and Petersfield deaneries:
Wednesday 13th June at Botley, All Saints
Isle of Wight deanery:
Wednesday 23rd May, Newport Minster