Members of a Parochial Church Council (PCC) are the governing body for their parish church(es) and as such, they are entrusted with several legal responsibilities.
The resources and training below aims to help parish officers perform their duties.
• The Parish Reference Manual is a key resource and provides summary information on legal requirements and good practice for PCCs, churchwardens and incumbents.
• They were first created by the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 and in 1921 PCCs replaced vestry meetings for most purposes.
- Six – where there are 50 or fewer names on the church electoral roll
- Nine – where there are 100 or fewer names on the church electoral roll
- A further three representatives for every 100 (or part thereof) names on the electoral roll up to a maximum of 15.
See all the resources and information to help you prepare for your APCM. (Parish Resources website)
PCCs must be aware of data protection and GDPR regulations.Visit the Documents section of the site to download and read the latest information.
Financial Fraud is a significant threat to parish finances. For the latest update on tackling financial fraud, read this.
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS)
The latest guidance is available on the Church of England website.
Key points to note are:
Churchwardens play a vital role in the health of our church communities. It is an important job, and at times, a demanding one. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please contact your area office, listed below.
2022 Visitation documents
The Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC) is responsible for the pastoral supervision of the diocese and the organisation of parishes and benefices.
It is responsible for issuing formal proposals for such matters as:
The process of making pastoral changes is a thorough one. First, those affected are consulted at a local level, and then the public is invited to comment on proposals through the Church Commissioners website, which lists details of ongoing consultations in this and every other diocese.
Parish Buying is a website that offers churches discounts on all sorts of church utilities, equipment and furnishings. You have to register first, but once you have an account, there are some good deals. Register here if you haven’t already.
Contact the Governance and Pastoral Planning Team
Mrs Miriam Longfoot
Governance and Pastoral Planning Manager