Parish Officers

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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 (previously 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 the 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.

Additional links and resources

There are many roles that make up a PCC. This section of the website is designed to help and assist with those roles.