Church of England parish church

Church Of England Parish Church

Church of England parish church

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A parish church in the Church of England is the church which acts as the religious centre for the people within the smallest and most basic Church of England administrative region, known as a parish.

Parishes in England

In England, there are parish churches for both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. However, references to a "parish church" without mention of a denomination, will almost certainly be to those of the Church of England due to its status as the established church.

The Church of England is made up of parishes, each one forming part of a diocese. Every region of England is within both a parish and a diocese. These ecclesiastical parishes are often no longer the same as the civil parishes in local government. Larger towns and cities, even those with cathedrals, still have ecclesiastical parishes and parish churches.

Each parish is ministered to by a parish priest, usually called a vicar, rector or priest-in-charge. More rarely the parish priest is known as a "perpetual curate". In one instance only the priest is, by historical custom, officially known as an "archpriest". Each parish usually has one active parish church, though rarely and historically more than one; if there is no parish church, the bishop will usually license another building and may designate it as a Parish Centre of Worship.Pastoral Measure, s.29...
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