The PCC takes the lead in carrying out the mission of the church - the whole church. Working alongside and supporting the clergy, pastoral care, telling the story of faith, social action and co-operation with churches of other denominations all fall within its remit. In many ways it is the PCC that shapes the health of the church.
It is the central forum for decision making and discussion in relation to parish affairs. It is also the means by which information and resolutions are passed from the Diocesan and Deanery Synods to the congregation and, just as importantly, from the congregation to these wider groups. The influence of PCCs is seen right the way through the life of the Church of England.
PCCs are legal entities and are governed by two pieces of Church of England legislation, called Measures. These are the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956, which defines its principal functions, and the Church Representation Rules.
This second document is particularly useful in understanding the operational rules that govern the PCC and includes information on how often it meets, its members, how elections are held, the responsibilities of its officers and how it relates with bodies such as the Deanery Synod and Diocesan Synod. It also looks at the rules that govern bodies such as District Church Councils, Joint PCCs, Team and Group PCCs.
Both documents can be downloaded from the Government's legislation website. Direct links to each of these documents are given below.
On the right hand side there are links to further information for specific roles within the PCC and the downloadable forms necessary for Annual Church Meetings and the electoral roll.
If you have any further questions please contact the Synod Office by email or by telephone on 01392 294931
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