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’.

An Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) can be held between 1 January and 31st May (previuosly 30th April).

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 31st October 2020 due to Coronavirus). please see Annual Parochial Church Meeting section of website for detailed information.

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.

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

This is a new area of the website with resources for PCC secretaries. We plan to add further information in the coming weeks.