Parochial Church Councils (PCCs)
The responsibilities and duties of Parochial Church Councils are set out in the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956.
Membership of church electoral rolls and the management of Parochial Church Meetings and Councils is governed by the Church Representation Rules 2006, available from the Church House Bookshop.
A sample nomination form for anyone wanting to serve as a member on a PCC is available here. information on finding and appointing members (who are also charity trustees) can be found in the publication Finding New Trustees: What Charities Need to Know.
The Church Representation Rules 2006 require that every Parochial Church Council maintains an electoral roll. An Electoral Roll Officer should be appointed, whose role is to keep the roll up to date by making additions and removals from time to time. The electoral roll should be revised prior to each annual parochial church meeting. The Rules require that in the year 2007 and in every sixth year thereafter, a completely new Roll should be prepared.
The CofE's Parish Resources website has all the forms you need to revise your electoral roll and run your annnual parochial church meeting.
The paperwork for 2013 is now available, and has been sent to all PCC Secretaries in the Diocese. It is also available to read here:
- Letter from Bishop Peter Price (pdf)
- Preparation of new roll form (pdf)
- Preparation of new roll form (word)
- Church Electoral Roll certificate (pdf)
- Church Electoral Roll certificate (word)
- Church Electoral Roll application form (pdf)
- Church Electoral Roll application form (word)
Download or view all information about current parochial fees, including the full list of fees, frequently asked questions and the appendix explaing the Bath & Wells apportionment.
Employment in Parishes
The Diocese has prepared documents to advise on employing staff in parishes and guidance on the prevention of bullying and harassment:
- Employing staff in parishes (42 kb,pdf)
- Parish guidelines for preventing bullying and harassment (213kb, pdf)
Church Matters newsletter from Ecclesiastical Insurance
The latest issue of Ecclesiastical's Church Matters newsletter is available on their website.
In this edition, the cover story, 'Can an open church be secure?' is a reminder that churches should not think that insurance considerations are a barrier to keeping a church open to the public during the day providing the right risk assessments are undertaken. A special feature is the centre page 'risk planner' which we would encourage churches to keep handy and refer to throughout the year.
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