Vestry Resources

A range of resources designed to provide practical assistance to vestries in their work. Documents are generally available for download in pdf format – those designed to be used as templates for adaptation are also available in word / excel format. Many of the documents contain links to other documents and websites providing further guidance and information. A list of links to other useful websites is also provided. (Please note that this website replaces the Vestry Handbook.)

The search facility on the right of the screen should assist in locating the required information. If you can’t find what you are looking for or wish to suggest additional resources to be considered for inclusion in the future please contact us and let us know. If you are looking for resources specifically relating to the protection of children and vulnerable adults please see the separate Safeguarding section

Many of the documents contain links to other documents and websites providing further guidance and information. Inevitably as other websites are updated some of the links may stop working – if you become aware of any such links please contact us and let us know.

The information is organised in the following sections:

Vestry Responsibilities: Governance, Accounting and Charity Matters
A range of guidance on the responsibilities of vestries and key office holders including notes on relevant charities legislation and accounting requirements.

Information to assist in the care and maintenance of church buildings.

Health and Safety Toolkit
This page contains information to help you ensure that your church and associated buildings offer a safe environment. In the toolkit we provide guidance you might need to ensure that you comply with the law and keep everyone safe.

Clergy Appointments and Conduct and Clergy and Lay Employment
Guidance to assist in employment related matters – including information on vacancy procedures and Pensions Automatic Enrolment.

Grants and loans
Details of grants and loans provided by some of the committees of the General Synod.

Stewardship, Gift Aid and Legacies
Information regarding Gift Aid, the Responsibilties of the Gift Secretary and legacies.

General information
A number of miscellaneous guidance notes of relevance to the ongoing life of a congregation. (Includes information regarding the SEC Unit Trust Pool.)

General Links
Links to a variety of useful sources of information are provided.

Archived Coronavirus resources
This page provides the Scottish Episcopal Church community with an archive of all announcements and relevant information from the Advisory Group and the College of Bishops in relation to how to respond to the requirements of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.