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 17th April 2016 the following people will serve on the PCC.
Vicar & Chairman
Revd Dr John Tomlinson
Susi Artis Phil Glanfield
Deputy Church Warden’s
John Glover Cynthia Hoggett Ray Hotson Stewart Jackson Carol Lewis
Deanery Synod Representatives
Mandy Hodgson Cynthia Hoggett (PCC Secretary)
Peter Artis (Treasurer) Betty Davis
Laurie Flood Sally Green
Tony Hipkins Shaun Hooper
Ray Hotson Stewart Jackson
Ann Lawrie Elaine Wyatt
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 17th April 2017.
It is fitting to begin an annual report with thanks to each and every one of you for the all good things that have happened in 2015. It takes many people to make a church such as ours a functioning and growing community, and all of you have a part to play in this important task. Whether in the worship, which is at the very centre of what we do, as a server, Eucharistic minister, reader, priest, intercessor, organist or choir member, and not least, those who sit and pray before, during and after the service, you contribute to the lifeblood of this parish. The Eucharist is only possible because you as the Body of Christ come together to worship with open hands, hearts and minds. From this spiritual core, so many of you are involved in making the worship meaningful for the wider community. Providing and serving refreshments, breakfast, lunch and supper, cleaning the church, polishing brass and silver, washing and ironing vestments and linen, arranging flowers and making the church beautiful, keeping the PA system working, ordering candles and bread and buying the wine, mending walls and floors, clearing, planting, weeding and pruning in the churchyard, taking the sacrament out to those who cannot be with us, delivering leaflets, counting and banking money, updating the website, organising pilgrimages, maintaining the mothers’ union, hosting and leading house masses, opening up and closing the church building, enabling others to use this as a place of welcome and a spring-
David’s life of service for the church should be an inspiration to us all. What he quietly did without drawing attention to himself, was to help keep this church active and alive, and this ought to inspire us. We may shrink from responsibility, avoid the call of duty, even consider ourselves not good enough, too busy or too tired, to step forward to offer ourselves in the service of the church. We may choose to leave others to shoulder the burden of the work, but in so doing we deny ourselves the fulfilment of working for God, and disappoint those who have gone before, who did not avoid such responsibility. This church needs those who give of themselves, in recognition of what God has already done for us. I may have little idea of the commitments you have in your life, or the calls on your time, but I know there will be some to whom God is making a special call, a vocation, to give in service through this church. That I leave with you, for prayerful consideration.
In Acts chapter 9 we read of the raising from the dead of Dorcas, a faithful and committed member of the church. When she died her friends gathered round to show, symbolic in the things she had made, all the good she had done in her life. This was evidence of a hard-
However, there is a consequence to the way each of us responds to this call. You will know that some time ago the deanery synod and the PCC agreed that this would be a half-
I would like to think that St John’s can be a successful half-
A church is made of many members, each contributing to the work of God, in prayer, in praise and in action: it is time for each of us to renew that commitment and to deeply think and pray about what God is calling us to do.
May God bless you all.
John Tomlinson Vicar of Carrington