Parochial Church Council, or P.C.C., is an executive committee of the
parish with powers and duties defined by certain Acts of Parliament. The
membership consists of the clergy and churchwardens of the parish,
together with a number of representatives of the laity elected by the
annual parochial church meeting of the parish. The P.C.C. secretary and
the treasurer are elected from the PCC. In addition there are three ex
officio members who are the elected members of the Deanery Synod.
In addition to their formal duties, P.C.C. members act as
representatives for all parishioners in the affairs of the church. Apart
from the vicar, who is ex-officio chairman, all P.C.C. members are
elected directly or indirectly by the parishioners.
of PCC Members' Responsibilities
Charity law requires the P.C.C. as trustees of
the church to prepare an annual report and financial statements for each
financial year that gives a true and fair view of the Church's financial
activities during the year and of its financial position over the year.
The P.C.C. is also required to ensure that these are subjected to an
annual independent examination or audit and to present these to the
Annual Parochial Church Meeting in accordance with the Church
In preparing these financial statements, the
P.C.C. are required to:
• Select suitable accounting policies and then
apply them consistently.
• Make judgements and estimates that are
reasonable and prudent.
• State whether application accounting
standards and statements of recommended
The P.C.C. has the responsibility of co-operating
with the incumbent in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish, the whole
mission of the church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. Formally,
the P.C.C. is responsible for the financial affairs of the church and
the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents.
It also has a voice in the forms of service used by the church
and may make representations to the bishop on matters affecting the
welfare of the parish.
The P.C.C. operates through committees, which
meet between full meetings of the P.C.C. and feed back to the next full
meeting. There is one specialist committee, with its own designated
The Finance Committee is responsible for preparing budgets and accounts
for consideration by the full P.C.C., and for developing financial
processes for all P.C.C. activities. The chairman of the Finance Committee is a co-opted member of
The P.C.C. and the parish also have representatives on a number of
outside bodies. These include Churches Together In Malvern, The
Chaplaincy of Long Lartin and, The Chaplaincy for Rural and Agricultural
The Meeting of Parishioners for the
Election of Churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
The Meeting of Parishioners for the Election of churchwardens and the
Annual Parochial Church Meeting must take place by April 30th each year. The business of the Meeting of Parishioners is to
elect two churchwardens for the following year. All parishioners on
either the church electoral roll or the civil Electoral Register can
vote at this meeting. There then follows the Annual Parochial Church
Meeting (A.P.C.M.). All on the church electoral roll can take part in
and vote at this meeting. There are reports from the vicar, the
treasurer and other officers of the Parochial Church Council, on the
events of the last year.
At this meeting, three representatives to the Deanery Synod are
elected for three years. They become ex-officio members of the P.C.C. A
further election for ordinary members of the P.C.C. as representatives
of the laity is then held. The number of representatives depends on the
number on the electoral roll. Ordinary P.C.C. members must be elected
annually. From their number they elect the secretary and the treasurer.
The ordinary members serve for up to three years, so some new members
are elected each year along with those re-elected for a further year. An
auditor of the P.C.C.’s accounts has to be appointed. The auditor must
not be member of the P.C.C.
The A.P.C.M. is always interesting and offers an opportunity for anyone
on the electoral roll to voice opinions on the way the church has been
or is being managed. Do come and support your church, your parish and