Parochial Church Council
The 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 two 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-
Here at St John's our 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, aged 16 years or over and consents to being appointed . Deanery Synod reresentatives are elected every three years.
The functions of the PCC are set out in The Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measures Act 1956 and The Synodical Government Measure of 1969. Prior to 1919 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. .
As we are a registered charity, we have been required since 2009 to provide information about the PCC (including the accounts and annual report as received by the Annual Church Meeting) to the Charity Commission. This information is available on the Charity Commission website:
As a result of the elections held at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting following Mass on Sunday 19th April 2015 the following people will serve on the PCC.
Vicar & Chairman
Revd Dr John Tomlinson
Vacant Susi Artis
Deputy Church Warden
Deanery Synod Representatives
Mandy Hodgson Cynthia Hoggett
Peter Artis (Treasurer) Betty Davis
Laurie Flood Phil Glanfield (Secretary)
Sally Green Tony Hipkins
Shaun Hooper Ray Hotson
Stewart Jackson Ann Lawrie
Church Wardens and Councillors will serve for one year and the Deanery Synod Representatives will serve a three year term from 2014 until April 2017..
Report from the Vicar to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting Sunday 19th April 2015.
To begin with, I would like to thank all members of the church for the warm and encouraging welcome I have received since my collation in June 2014. I have felt very much at home in this worshipping community and each of you have played your part in helping me to settle in. Since my arrival I have been discovering what is the life and soul of St John’s Church, and of course this process is still on-
Perhaps the greatest change is the appointment of a half-
The question that we need to ask is what are the essential tasks of the vicar? What do you think he need not do? How many hours do you want your vicar to work each week? Are the diocese and the deanery giving the vicar and the parish enough support, or indeed any extra support, as we enter into this ‘experiment’ of half-
Nothing is possible in parish without the support of so many others in the church. I want to particularly mention and thank Carol and David who have worked tirelessly as churchwardens, fulfilling their responsibility in many different and diverse ways. They have been ably assisted by deputy wardens, and welcomers. I wish to thank those who contribute to the worship life of the parish, in particular Brenda as lay reader, and David as priest, who greatly help in providing a consistent worship leadership. I want to thank Shaun and the choir, the Eucharistic ministers, in particular David on Tuesdays, the serving team led by Callum, readers and intercessors, flower arrangers led by Ann, Laurie who looks after the altar linen, John mastering the sound system, and the regular band of cleaners, all of whom ensure our services are uplifting and inspiring. I want to thank all the members of the PCC, including Deanery Synod reps, Cynthia and Mandy, and in particular Phil as PCC secretary and Peter as PCC treasurer, both newly appointed to these important roles, along with those who deal with the essential financial tasks, Janet and Sally. As we reach out into the community, I want to thank those who have helped to keep the churchyard in some order, the Wednesday café as a vital part of our mid-
My first ten months have been eventful. I remember the spiritual force of the Christmas services, and most recently those of Easter, only possible by the prayerful and loyal participation of the whole congregation. Other highlights have been the Pilgrimage to Walsingham, the Mothers’ Union Deanery Festival Mass, and the Lenten house masses.
We remember with thanks those whose ministry here came to a fulfilment in 2014: Margaret, who as curate ably guided the church through the interregnum, assisted by Kevin as an excellent treasurer. Finally, we commend to God the soul of Shirley Husbands and are particularly pleased that Richard can continue to worship with us every Sunday.
A church is made of many members, each contributing to the work of God, in prayer, in praise and in action: thank you for your particular part in this liturgy, expressed in worship and in Christian lives.
May God bless you all.
John Tomlinson Vicar of Carrington