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 31 May to hold their APCMs. (Note this has currently been extended to 31 July 2021 due to coronavirus). Please see Annual Parochial Church Meeting for detailed information. 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 was an election year for the Deanery Synod and the term of office has been extended for the existing members to 31 December. Any new members of the Deanery Synod appointed at APCMs will not take up this office until 1 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.

PCC resources

These resources are for PCC secretaries. Information is added regularly.