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 Geoff Knappett and Lynda Frith with Allan Vaughan (Acting) and they along with David, our Priest in Charge, Mark our Assistant Priest and Hazel Cormack, Carolyn Jay and Philip Geddes, our Licenced 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).
Catherine Geddes, Andrew Hobley, John Wall, Rhiannon Love, John Mariner, Dorrie Bilson, David Simmonds, Simon Woodman, Beverly Vaughan and Christine Goodwin (Safeguarding Officer).
The PCC meets every month. Andrew Hobley is the Secretary. Please contact him, or the Church Wardens if you wish to raise anything at PCC.
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 the PDF form here and returning it to the address shown.
Electoral Roll Officer
NOTICE OF REVISION OF CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
Parish of the united benefice of All Hallows Whitchurch with St Mary in Tufton and James the Less in Litchfield in the Diocese of Winchester
Notice is given that the Church Electoral Roll of the above parish will be revised by the Parochial Church Council, beginning on 20 September 2020, and ending on 4 October 2020.
After the revision, a copy of the Roll will be published by the Parochial Church Council at each of the churches named above for at least 14 days and a copy of the Roll will be available for inspection on a reasonable request being made to the Council.
Under the Church Representation Rules a lay person is entitled to have his or her name entered on the roll if the person is—
(a) is baptised,
(b) is aged 16 or over, and
(c) has made one of the following three declarations and duly applied for enrolment.
The first declaration is that the person is a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it and is resident in the parish.
The second declaration is that the person is a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it, is not resident in the parish, but has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.
The third declaration is that the person is a member in good standing of a Church which is not in communion with the Church of England but subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and is also a member of the Church of England and has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.
Application Forms for enrolment can be obtained from the Church Electoral Roll Officer. In order for a person to be entitled to attend the annual parochial church meeting and to take part in its proceedings, an Application Form for enrolment must be returned by the date shown above for the ending of the revision of the Church Electoral Roll by the Parochial Church Council.
Any error discovered in the Roll should at once be reported to the Church Electoral Roll Officer.
Dated this 30th day of August 2020
c/o All Hallows Church, Church Street, Whitchurch
Church Electoral Roll Officer