Is there a
law that says that there must be a Bible in every Church?
The Church of England
is regulated by the law of the land including Measures of Parliament.
The Church also has its own rules,
The Canons are supposed to be
binding on its clergy who declare that they will uphold them.
In every church and chapel there
shall be provided for the use of the minister a Bible, including the Apocrypha,
and a Book of Common Prayer, both of large size; a convenient Bible to be
kept in the pulpit for the use of the preacher; and a service book, together
with a cushion or desk, for use at the communion table.
Therefore, the expectation is that
every Chuch should provide two Bibles one for the use of the minister and
one for congregational reading.
The one provided for the minister
is to include the Apocrypha because the CofE lectionaries include optional
readings from this and because it has value "as an example of life and
manners" (Article 6)