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Church Organisation Q&A

Why do we hold an Annual Parochial Church Meeting [APCM]?

As with most organisations a Church has an Annual Meeting to take stock of activity in the past year, look forward to plans for the next, hold officers to account, elect people to the Church Council [PCC], review the financial position etc We do take questions at the meeting but it’s a real help if you can give them in writing beforehand.

 

Who are Churchwardens and how are they appointed?

Legally there are 2 Churchwardens who are also accountable to The Bishop.  Alongside these there can be €˜Associate Wardens” who do not have legal standing but who operate in conjunction with and in support of Churchwardens.  The Churchwardens carry responsibility for the general order and fabric of the church and are answerable not just to their church but also to the Diocese.  The Churchwardens are chosen each year by members of the church at the APCM [Vestry Meeting]. Associate Wardens are normally appointed by the Vicar in agreement with Church.

 

What is the role of the Parochial Church Council?

Current PCC

 

Vicar

S

Warden

S

Warden

S

Assoc. Minister

 

Reader

 

Reader

 

Reader

 

 

 

Synod Rep.

 

Synod Rep.

 

Synod Rep.

 

Elected Member [Sec]

S

Elected Member [Tres]

S

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

Elected Member

 

[S = Standing Committee = 5]

Total 23 [15 elected]

PCC effectively manages the church business, especially finances, property and mission, covering matters of general concern and importance to the parish. This is a wide remit and includespromoting the parish, the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. PCC sets, and oversees, budgets & policies.  There will be occasions when the PCC will be invited to play its part in consultation and decision-making as part of the wider CofE.

 

Who is on PCC & how do they get there?

The PCC comprises a number of ex-officio members [those there as of invitation or right] and those who are voted there from the church membership. Currently, every year at the APCM, on a rolling 3-year basis, 4 members of this latter group stand down to be replaced at the choice of the church membership, and every three years we also elect 3 Deanery Synod reps. [see box left for details].

Standing Committee is a sub-group that meets in order to carry out basic PCC business more efficiently and sometimes do some preparatory work to make later PCC discussions more fruitful  There are also currently sub-committees focusing on Finance and Property.

All PCC members will represent the interests of church members and promote the health of the church, but also take on delegated tasks and responsibilities.

What is the Deanery Synod?

The General Synod of the CofE is its national elected governing body and comprises representatives from Bishops, Clergy and Lay people.  Each Diocese also has a Diocesan Synod which manages their affairs.  Within each Diocese parishes are clustered together into Deaneries.  We are part of the Luton Deanery.  Deanery Clergy meet regularly for mutual support and Clergy & Lay representatives from every parish meet at least 3 times a year in the Deanery Synod for discussions and to encourage unity.  We are allowed 3 Deanery Synod representatives who are automatically members of PCC.

Nick Grew - April 2016

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