APCM - 24th May 2021

meeting of people with one speaker

 

Our APCM will be held on Monday 24th May at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church.

All necessary COVID precautions will be taken; however, like last year, we will probably be Zooming the meeting as well. If you want Zoom details, please contact the Church Office

The usual revision of the Electoral Roll will be taking place and you will need to be on the Electoral Roll if you wish to vote at the APCM. If you are not sure if you are on the current Electoral Roll, then you can check the copy which will be posted in church, or you can contact the Church Office.

Nomination forms for joining the Electoral Roll are in church and here 

Copies can also be obtained from our Electoral Roll Officer, Ray Thomas (rdthomas67@hotmail.co.uk).

There will be 6 vacancies for PCC. Please talk to Catherine for more information about what is and have a read below.

Check out the FAQs below for more information.

PCC Member role and Job description
PCC members need to be regular worshippers and committed disciples of Jesus Christ, keen to promote the Gospel and the work of the church in the parish and beyond. They will want to contribute to the PCC’s discussions, pray for its work, share in its responsibilities and play an active part in the church’s life and witness. At the heart of this is what Paul called our ‘partnership in the gospel. (Phil 1:5)

Under the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 the PCC has the following functions:

  • co-operation with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical
  • the consideration and discussion of matters concerning the Church of Englandor any other matters of religious or public interest, but not the declaration of the doctrine of the Church on any question
  • making known and putting into efect any provisions made by the diocesan synod or the deanery synod, but without prejudice to the powers of the council on any particular matter;
  • giving advice to the diocesan synod and the deanery synod on any matter referred to the council
  • raising such matters as the council consider appropriate with the diocesan synod or deanery synod
  • Every PCC member is charged with cooperating with the incumbent.

How can I become a member of the PCC?

  • Pray for discernment
  • Read the duties of a PCC Member (see above)
  • Discuss your interest with others and seek their judgment
  • Make sure you are on the Electoral Roll of St Mary's
  • Find two people to nominate you (they too must be on the Electoral Roll)
  • Fill in the nomination form and submit to the Church Office preferably prior to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). Online completed forms need to be physically signed (signed scanned forms can be emailed).
  • An election will be held if there are more nominations than vacancies.
  • Be prepared to work hard and enjoy being part of a creative team seeking to be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in discerning God’s priorities for St Mary's and the community it serves.

FAQs:

What is the PCC?
PCC stands for ‘Parochial Church Council’. The group that has the responsibility for managing the fnancial and legal responsibilities of the parish. Also responsible for vision, staf management, building management, resources management and so on. Members of the PCC are elected for 3-year terms at the APCM.

What is the APCM?
The APCM is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Actually it comprises two meetings the ‘Vestry Meeting’ which elects the Church Wardens for the coming year and the APCM itself which is the business meeting of the Church, it’s a sort of AGM. It’s a meeting we’re legally required to have. The meeting is only open to members of the Church electoral roll, and those present vote on the appointment of PCC members, Deanery Synod representatives once every 3 years or when there is a vacancy and to accept the audited accounts of the Church. It is also an opportunity to catch up with the events of the last year and to explore the vision for the coming year together. Most of all it’s a CELEBRATION of all God has been doing in the life of the Church as we look forward to the coming year.

What is the electoral roll?
The electoral roll is the membership list of the Church. It is revised every year just prior to the APCM and once every 6 years the entire membership list is deleted and everyone has to re-apply.  Only members of the electoral roll are permitted to attend and vote at the APCM. You can join the electoral roll at St Mary's by flling in the form available from church or below. 

What is a Church Warden?
A Church Warden is a legal officer of the Church. They are charged with responsibility for a wide range of things that happen at Church from buildings to services and more. These days we try to share those responsibilities out amongst the whole family of God, so while retaining the responsibility for things it doesn't mean the wardens must personally do everything that falls within their role.

What is a Church Treasurer?
The Treasurer acts on behalf of the PCC and implements the fnancial policy and decisions by the PCC. The Treasurer reports back to the PCC on the ongoing fnancial situation of the Church and helps informed decisions about money take place. Being a treasurer often involves book keeping and banking, but often these roles are shared with other members of the Church. However the Treasurer remains responsible for these roles. 

What is Deanery Synod?
A Deanery is an administrative grouping of local Church of England Churches within the Diocese. The Deanery Synod is part of the governance structure of the Church made up of parish representatives and clergy from within that Deanery. Deanery Synod is the third tier of Synodical Government of the Church of England with the Diocesan Synod and the national General Synod. Members of Deanery Synod are elected at the APCM once every three years. Deanery Synod representatives are automatically members of the PCC.