The Parochial Church Council, to give it’s full title, is the governing body of the church and is made up of the clergy and lay members from the congregation. Meetings are held 5 times each year and discuss finance, buildings and the many other matters involved in running the church. It is a rewarding role that provides an insight into how our church and the wider church is run.
What is a P.C.C.
The A.P.C.M. or
Annual Parochial Council meeting to use its full name is held in April each year and is open to any person on the church Electoral Roll. At this the Annual Report of the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally are presented along with the independently examined church accounts.
it is usual for every parish to have two churchwardens, who are senior lay people from the church community - congregation - elected annually at the A.P.C.M. They live within the parish or are on the Electoral Roll of the parish church. They are, ex officio (additional), members of the Parochial Church Council.
In co-operation with the parish priest (or, in cases of vacancy, the bishop), Churchwardens are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the parish. These responsibilities include various aspects of administration, running and maintenance of the church. Their work is not just the maintenance of the church building, but helping the smooth running of the church. In this capacity, wardens are considered the leading lay member of the congregation, and may have varying duties and responsibilities according to the customs of the parish, the canons of the diocese to which the parish belongs, the desires of the priest, and the direction of the PCC and/or the congregation as a whole.
The church Electoral Roll is the basic list in every parish of all those entitled to vote on elections within the Church of England. Those entitled to have their names on this roll have to be 16 years of age or more and they must reside in the relevant parishor be regular worshippers in the church whose roll they wish to join. The roll is completely renewed every six years, at which point all members have to re-apply for membership or else their names will be deleted. By this means, the continuing validity of the roll is maintained.