Could you be a future PCC member?
Although lockdown has put many of our plans on hold, we are beginning to look to and plan for the future. The PCC are delighted about the appointment of Revd Allen Bower and we are looking forward to welcoming him to St Saviour’s in the Autumn.
One of the things we are planning for is the ability to hold an APCM and elect some new members onto the PCC. The Archdeacon, Richard Frank, has kindly offered to hold some online training for anyone who may be interested in joining the St Saviour’s PCC.
If you have been seeking God’s leading and you feel that God may be calling you to stand for the PCC then we would love to hear from you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To help you in this discernment process, we have provided below some key information about what being a PCC member involves:
The PCC (Parochial Church Council) is the main decision making body of a parish. Its members are clergy, churchwardens and others elected by the Parish at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).
Its powers and duties are defined by legislation and can principally be found in the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956. Legally, the PCC is responsible for the finances of the parish.
The PCC has ultimate responsibility for the care and maintenance of all church buildings and their contents. Although these responsibilities are executed by the churchwardens, all PCC members must share in the oversight.
The PCC has a voice in the forms of Service used by the church and may make representations to the bishop on matters that affect the welfare of the parish.
The PCC works with the minister in promoting the mission of the church.This includes taking forward ‘Mission Action Planning’ and ‘Capital Vision 2020’.
The minister in charge of the parish and the PCC have a duty to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish, and to co-operate in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the church: pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. This includes almost everything to do with the church’s work in the parish, and its relationship with the deanery and the diocese.
The PCC is a body corporate, which means that it is a separate body from the people who serve on it. PCC members are also trustees, which entails various responsibilities under charity law.
As a charity, St Saviour’s must comply with the Charity Commission guidance and legislation in relation to charities. The incumbent’s role is to provide leadership concerning safeguarding, and to encourage everyone to promote a safer church.
The PCC and the incumbent have a duty of care to ensure the protection of the vulnerable in their church community.
By Jess Bray