There are many reasons why a church may have a visitor coming to celebrate their services for them, and the incumbent is not always available to help if the occasion is unexpected. Anything from illness of the incumbent to simply awaiting the appointment of a new priest can mean that the priest who celebrates the service might be a visitor who does not know the church and will need introducing to its in-house styles and customs. The group inviting visitors will therefore need to liaise with the visiting priest and prepare the church ready for worship.
This short guide, the first in the ‘Vestry Guides’ series, is written by Paul Monk to help this group in these tasks of preparation. Its simple checklists and images comprise a simple guide, explaining, with examples, what needs to be done to support the visitor and help the service to run smoothly.