St Mary's Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Monday 26th October 7.30pm and will be held in Church.

Anyone who lives in the parish or who is on the electrol roll can attend.

Notice of APCM

APCM papers

This year, the APCM has been delayed from April. The meetings are legally required and by attending is an act of worship.

Should you wish to be serve on the PCC or as Church Warden, please complete the appropriate forms linked below. Given current circumstances, we are recommending that each person (nominee, proposer and seconder) print and sign the appropriate form rather than handling the same document. Preferably forms should be returned to the office or Church Wardens asap.

There are vacancies on both PCC and Deanery Synod

Nomination form for Church Warden

Welcome to a brief guide to the APCM and PCC

This is a brief guide to all things to do with the Annual Meeting and the Church council that are charged with the day-to-day running of the Church in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

What is the PCC?
PCC stands for ‘Parochial Church Council’. The group that has the responsibility for managing the financial and legal responsibilities of the parish. Also responsible for vision, staf management, building management, resources management and so on. Members of the PCC are elected for 3-year terms at the APCM.

What is the APCM?
The APCM is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Actually it comprises two meetings the ‘Vestry Meeting’ which elects the Church Wardens for the coming year and the APCM itself which is the business meeting of the Church, it’s a sort of AGM for St Mary’s. It’s a meeting we’re legally required to have and must take place before the 30th April each year. The meeting is only open to members of the Church electoral roll, and those present vote on the appointment of PCC members, Deanery Synod representatives once every 3 year or when there is a vacancy and to accept the audited accounts of the Church. It is also an opportunity to catch up with the events of the last year and to explore the vision for the coming year together. Most of all it’s a CELEBRATION of all God has been doing in the life of the Church as we look forward to the coming year.

What is the electoral roll?
The electoral roll is the membership list of the Church. It is revised every year just prior to the APCM and once every 6 years the entire membership list is deleted and everyone has to re-apply. Only members of the electoral roll are permitted to attend and vote at the APCM. You can join the electoral roll at St Mary’s by flling in a form - contacting the church office.

What is Deanery Synod?
A Deanery is an administrative grouping of local Church of England Churches within the Diocese. The Deanery Synod is part of the governance structure of the Church made up of parish representatives and clergy from within that Deanery. Deanery Synod is the third tier of Synodical Government of the Church of England with the Diocesan Synod and the national General Synod. Members of Deanery Synod are elected at the APCM once every three years. Deanery Synod representatives are automatically members of the PCC.

What is a Church Warden?
A Church Warden is a legal officer of the Church. They are charged with responsibility for a wide range of things that happen at Church from buildings to services and more. These days we try to share those responsibilities out amongst the whole family of God, so while retaining the responsibility for things it doesn't mean the wardens must personally do everything that falls within their role.

What is a Church Treasurer?
The Treasurer acts on behalf of the PCC and implements the fnancial policy and decisions by the PCC. The Treasurer reports back to the PCC on the ongoing fnancial situation of the Church and helps informed decisions about money take place. Being a treasurer often involves book keeping and banking, but often these roles are shared with other members of the Church. However the Treasurer remains responsible for these roles.