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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-officio chairman, all P.C.C. members are elected directly by the parishioners.

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:-

www.charity-commission.gov.uk where the PCC may be found listed as Charity No 1132333.

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

Church Wardens

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 2016.

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-board for mission in the community. It has been good to see those who have readily been involved in the initiatives we have started in the last year, in particular the children’s work and the English classes. Some of you take on official roles, churchwarden, welcomer, PCC secretary and treasurer, deanery representative, who through the many meetings and decisions, the fixing of rotas and writing of minutes, enable the everyday business of the church to go on. So much of this is unseen, even quite hidden, but it is done as an act of faithful service and dedication. I mention no one by name, that is except one, who cannot be with us, but who remains as an example to us all, that is David Allen.

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-working person, whose legacy was one of service and devotion to God. I have done many funerals, and the most uplifting are those that celebrate a life where the focus has been on the service of others. Some people might be obsessed about how much money they will leave when they die, and how much the government might take in tax, but how much better to leave a record of love, dedication and enlightenment. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why Peter brought Dorcas back to life: she was so useful for the church. Furthermore, if you wanted proof that what we do reveals our faith, read again the words of our Gospel for today: Jesus the Good Shepherd says, “the works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me.” God calls us all to service in his name.

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-time appointment. As your half-time vicar I rely on you, more so than any of my predecessors, on your willingness to take up responsibility in the church. Long gone are the days when the vicar might have thought that he should do everything. Whether it is brushing up the leaves outside, opening up and closing the building, or printing the service sheet, these are jobs that are not particularly priestly, and can be done by almost everyone. As I said at the beginning I am grateful to those who step forward, but there is still much that is not done. The appointment of our new parish assistant and a new caretaker will go some way to bridge this gap, but my concern is that certain jobs and responsibilities are hard to fill. People say this is a perennial problem at St John’s, but as we are in a new era of scarce clergy, the problem has become particularly pertinent. What I said this time last year remains unchanged: there is no solution from the diocese or the deanery to allow me to remain as your half-time vicar. There are those who are more concerned about the many vacancies that are appearing elsewhere and they will be looking around to see who might fulfil such full-time appointments.

I would like to think that St John’s can be a successful half-time appointment, but this is only possible if people come forward to offer themselves, not just for the small tasks but the large jobs as well. I have been somewhat dismayed by the struggle to find people to fulfil roles at this APCM, and it is not right that the burden is falling on the few. As a consequence I do not think that St John’s is living up to its full potential. I am unwilling to leave it in such a way to take up the sabbatical I had been planning. Therefore, in consultation with the archdeacon I am deciding to postpone my sabbatical so that I shall be here as normal over the summer months. I do not feel that this is the time to be absent, while the few shoulder the burden.

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