PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the executive committee of the parish and consists of clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity. Legally the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the church and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, and promoting the mission of the church.
We have two Churchwardens, who are officers of the parish and of the Bishop. They have a duty to represent the laity and co-operate with the incumbent (or, in cases of vacancy, the bishop). They are elected at the annual Vestry meeting.
Our two churchwardens are Allan Vaughan and, currently, a vacancy and they along with David, our Priest in Charge, Mark our Assistant Priest, Nicky our Assistant and Hazel Cormack, Carolyn Jay and Philip Geddes, our Licensed Lay Ministers, are members of the PCC. David chairs the meetings.
The other PCC members are -
Sue Bailey, Nigel Scarfe, John Wall (These three are also members of the Whitchurch Deanery Synod).
Caroline Barber, Andrew Hobley, John Wall, Rhiannon Love, John Mariner, Dorrie Bilson, Lynda Frith, Mary Milne, Beverly Vaughan and Christine Goodwin (Safeguarding Officer).
What is the APCM?
The APCM is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Actually it comprises two meetings the ‘Vestry Meeting’ which elects the Church Wardens for the coming year and the APCM itself which is the business meeting of the Church, it’s a sort of AGM for the benefice.
It’s a meeting we’re legally required to have and normally must take place before the 30th April each year, but the unusual events of 2020 extends the deadline to 31 October 2020.
The meeting is only open to members of the Church electoral roll, and those present vote on the appointment of PCC members, Deanery Synod representatives once every 3 year or when there is a vacancy and to accept the audited accounts of the Church.
It is also an opportunity to catch up with the events of the last year and to explore the vision for the coming year together. Most of all it’s a CELEBRATION of all God has been doing in the life of the Church as we look forward to the coming year.
What is the electoral roll?
The electoral roll is the membership list of the Church. It is revised every year just prior to the APCM and once every 6 years the entire membership list is deleted and everyone has to re-apply (this happened in 2019). You are only on the electoral roll if you have flled in a form since the last full-revision in 2019. Only members of the electoral roll are permitted to attend and vote at the APCM. You can join the electoral roll at our Churches by completing a form at any of our churches.
Electoral Roll Officer