Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) are responsible for supporting the local clergy in the running and management of their benefice or parish. Their primary function is stated as ‘promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church’.
2020 saw the publication of a revised Church Representation Rules and this now means in normal circumstances that PCCs have until 31st May to hold their APCMs. (Note this has currently been extended to 30th November 2020 due to Coronavirus). please see Annual Parochial Church Meeting section of website for detailed information. We expect to return to the normal process in 2021 once restrictions have eased. However, at present nothing is certain and we will provide any updates through our communications mailings.
The annual meeting receives reports on changes to the electoral roll, general parish activities and financial matters. The annual meeting also elects new members to the PCC and to deanery synod every three years. 2020 is an election year for the Deanery Synod and the term of office has been extended for the exiting members to 31st December. Any new members of the Deanery Synod appointed at APCMs will not take up this office until 1st January 2021.
The legal aspects of convening and running annual meetings are covered in Part 9, section A of the Church Representation Rules 2020.
You can find out more about governance on the Parish Resources website.
This is a new area of the website with resources for PCC secretaries. We plan to add further information in the coming weeks.