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Parochial Church Councils are governed by the provisions of the Synodical Government Measure 1969  and the Parochial Church Council (Powers) Measure 1956.  

The Annual Parochial Church meeting elects members of the Council.  In addition the ex-officio members include clergy and lay workers, churchwardens, representatives of the parish on the Deanery Synod and members of the Diocesan Synod and General Synod who are on the Electoral Roll of the parish.

A PCC has the following main powers:-

  • To acquire, manage and administer property for ecclesiastical purposes affecting the parish,
  • To frame an annual budget of moneys required for maintenance of church work.
  • To make representations to the Bishop with regard to any matter affecting the welfare of the Church in the parish.
  • To determine jointly with the incumbent the objects to which money collected in church is to be allocated.
  • To make representation about proposals concerning the parsonage house of the benefice.
  • To be consulted about the appointment of a new incumbent.
  • To be consulted about pastoral reorganisation affecting the parish.
  • To be responsible for the provision of certain items of liturgical furniture in the church, prayer books, bible and legal registers.
  • To be responsible for the care and repair of all churches, chapels and churchyards within the parish.

Parochial Officers

A PCC has the following officers:-

  • The minister of the parish shall be Chairman.
  • A lay member of the Council will be elected as Vice-Chairman.
  • The Council shall appoint a Secretary.- summary of the duties of a PCC Secretary
  • The Council shall appoint a Treasurer or failing this, one or more of the churchwardens will discharge this duty.
  • The Council shall appoint an Electoral Roll Officer.

The Parochial Officers include the churchwardens whose office is governed by the Churchwardens Measure  2001. The churchwardens have wide ranging powers to assist in the management of the parish.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting must also appoint an independent examiner or auditor who should not be a member of the Council.

For  further information consult the Church Representation Rules or the Pastoral Secretary at the Diocesan Office.

January 2014


For more information please contact Nathan Whitehead
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