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Parochial Church Council

The PCC is elected annually at the Annual Parochial Meeting  which usually takes place in April.  To be elected on to the PCC, a person needs to be on the electoral roll, over 16 years of age, consent to being appointed and should have received communion at least three times in the previous year.

Some explanatory notes about the PCC:

Brief overview

In the long history of the Church of England, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a relatively recent invention. Until the early years of the 20th century the administration and finances of a parish were the legal responsibility of the incumbent and the churchwardens. The members of congregations had little say in the running of the church except in electing the churchwardens. They now also elect members of the PCC and the PCC is a democratically elected body responsible to church members, who are registered on the electoral roll. Parochial Church Councils were first given legal status in 1919. Since then a number of Acts have defined and refined the composition, functions and rights and responsibilities of the PCC.

Main role of the PCC

The Synodical Government Measure 1969 states:
It shall be the duty of the incumbent and the Parochial Church Council to consult together on matters of general concern and importance in the parish.
It then goes on to set out a number of functions of the PCC, of which perhaps the most important – and certainly the widest – is: co-operation with the incumbent in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. (It is explicitly not the PCC’s job to pronounce on the doctrine of the Church of England) The incumbent and the PCC each have their own particular rights and responsibilities in the life of the church but the important theme is partnership and co-operation.
More specifically, the PCC is responsible for the maintenance of the church buildings and churchyard, and, with the incumbent, for deciding how the church’s money is to be spent. The PCC is formally the employer of the church’s paid workers.
The PCC has the right to be consulted about major changes to the forms of worship used in the parish and about the appointment of a new incumbent. 

The PCC will have on it one or more members of the deanery synod, who have an important role in linking the parish into the wider structures of the church.