The closure and subsequent redundancy of a church can be a distressing and painful time for parishes, and is probably the most difficult decision they will ever make. Once a decision to close is taken various processes need to take place and when concluded, the Bishop declares the church redundant. At the declaration of redundancy, responsibility for the management of the church reverts to the Representative Body, although churchyards attached to a closed church remain in the care of the PCC.
Detailed guidance on the closure and redundancy process can be found in the following document: Church Redundancy Proocess: Guidance Note
The Redundant Churches Regulations Volume II Part 2 Section 8 of the Constitution governs the closure and redundancy process of churches: