It is the duty of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) to consult on matters of general concern and importance in the parish. An integral position within the Council is that of PCC Secretary, elected by parish members at the Annual Meeting.
Duties of the PCC Secretary include sending out notices of meetings in good time, preparing reports for meetings and keeping the minutes. They are also expected to deal with correspondence, keep a check on the parish diary, remain up-to-date with what is going on in the parish, and be able to brief the Chair of the PCC.
It is an important role that ensures the smooth running of the PCC and demands good organisational skills and efficient nature.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused considerable disruption in many churches in 2021, as it did in 2020. Some activities have returned to "normal", but we know that this is not the case everywhere. The Research & Statistics Team have done their best to adjust the 2021 Statistics for Mission Form accordingly, whilst maintaining continuity where appropriate.
We hope that most questions will be simple to answer, but we recognise that others might be difficult to answer in your context. We are keen to find out anything you can tell us, and your best approximation is fine if you do not have precise numbers. This form is not meant to be a burden to already stretched churches, and again this year we would like to help with the completion of the forms as much as we can. Please, if you feel you are unable to enter the information online yourself, send the figures across to Sarah Bassett, email Sarah Bassett to be entered online on your behalf.
The Research & Statistics Team have taken the decision not to produce the Parish Dashboards this year, as they felt the information wouldn't be particularly helpful as they would indicate a large decline in numbers due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hoped that the Dashboards will be produced again next year, with figures from 2020 and 2021, so that the Team can see to what extent things have returned to "normal". However, you may still view the Online Parish Returns System version of your parish dashboard if you would like to see your updated graphs and charts. Also this year, rather than producing the usual FAQ's, the Team have added more narrative to the form itself to help you to complete it.
The online system is now open and can be found at the Parish Returns website. If you already have a username and password, this can be used again, but should you require a reminder of your details or would like a new username and password, then please email Sarah Bassett.
The deadline for the 2021 Statistics return has now been extended to Sunday 20th March 2022. If you have any queries or need further help please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Bassett on 01432 373300, or by email.
Thank you for taking the time to help us understand the National picture of the Church.