Every C/E church has a Parochial Church Council, an executive committee, consisting of clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity. PCCs are charities, and their members are Charity Trustees. A PCC with an annual income of more than £100,000 must be registered with the Charity Commissioners; those with an income below this threshold, whilst not currently required to register, must comply with all other charity laws. The PCC has legal status and the Church Representation Rules apply.
|Chair:||Reverend Jo Musson|
|Ex-Officio:||Reverend Sue Pollard |
Judy Morris – Reader
Pamela Summers – Churchwarden
|Representatives of |
the Deanery Synod:
(3 year term, max. 2
|Geoff Cottam (2023) – 1st term |
Judy Morris (2023) – 1st term
|Elected Members: (3 year term)|
NB. retirement at APCM during year shown in brackets
|Alex New (2023) – Lay Vice Chair |
Alison Clarke (2023)
Amanda Stokes (2021) – Secretary
Janet Peplow (2021) – Electoral Role Officer
Joy Kyte (2021)
Margaret Stokes (2023)
Patricia Greenwood (2021) – Treasurer
Robert Rolison (2023) – Health & Safety Officer
|Co-Opted:||Paul Fulbrook – Parish Safeguarding Officer|
What does the PCC do?
The PCC is a team made up of members of clergy and lay members of the church. Together they are responsible for the overall wellbeing, practical as well as spiritual, of their church, the church members, and the church buildings.
The PCC also has a duty to promote the mission of the church within the wider community. Some of the responsibilities are devolved to the Minister and Churchwardens but to quote from the Parochial Church Council (Powers) Measure 1956 section 2 ‘It shall be the duty of the minister and the PCC to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish’. Members of the PCC have the right to be consulted, to know what is proposed, and to have the opportunity to express an opinion on it.
The Minister is Chairman of the PCC though he may on occasion ask another member to chair a particular meeting. A treasurer, a secretary and vice-chairman will usually be elected to office at its first meeting after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). The PCC will also appoint a standing committee, typically the Minister as chair, the churchwardens, the treasurer and two elected members.
What’s a Churchwarden?
Churchwardens are the bishop’s lay officers in a parish. It is a volunteer role, and Churchwardens are vital to the health and wellbeing of our church communities.
The role of a Churchwarden is a statutory one, with ancient origins. The rights and responsibilities are laid down in ecclesiastical law under the Churchwardens Measure 2001.
Their first and direct responsibility is to the Bishop, usually via the Archdeacon. Together with the parish priest, they are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of a parish.
Today the role is very varied, but generally involves matters to do with church life, governance, buildings and worship. Churchwardens work closely with Archdeacons and their offices.