Every April, the ‘Draycott-in-the-Moors‘ holds this year’s AGM. But – what is the PCC, and how does one get to be a member?
A ‘Parochial Church Council’ is quite different to a parish council, although both are legally important bodies.
A PCC looks after the affairs of the local Church Of England parish church (St Margaret’s Church in our case), while the parish council is (quite separately) a tier of local government.
(In Draycott, the fact that both the PCC and the PC have similar boundaries does make a little confusion even though it shouldn’t.)
Therefore, if the Draycott Parochial Church Council simply is a body relating to St Margaret’s Church, one would have thought that the qualification to attend it (and vote at its AGM) was simply being able to prove that you were a regular attender at St Margaret’s…? You’d have thought so.
But, apparently not.
More people than just regular attenders can qualify.
For example, even if you worship at another Anglican church somewhere else, so long as you live in the parish, you can still qualify.
And, if you have been a regular attender at St Margaret’s, but are now too frail to attend “habitually”, you can still qualify.
You can even be attending St Mary’s (the Catholic Church) and still qualify! (Though that is a bit more complicated).
And, “habitual attendance” does not mean going every Sunday – in fact, it can mean going much less frequently than that.
Electoral roll (Church version)
BUT, all that won’t matter a jot if you still don’t have the basic, core qualification – registration on the so-called ‘Church Electoral Roll’.
Even if your attendance record qualifies you (and you are over 16), you still must fill in the form and register on the Church Electoral Roll.
Incidentally this roll is renewed every six years – for bureaucratic reasons.
2013 was the latest ‘sixth year’. Even if you are on the church’s current roll, you must renew your registration by late March.
At the moment, there are fewer than 50 people on St Margaret’s roll.
If you want to support your local parish church, or just have a say in what goes on there, you must register.
It will cost you nothing, and the form is only a few lines long.
To find out more and obtain the form, email David Meller (St Margaret’s PCC Secretary).
And here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know.
The Church of England is very advanced on one rule in particular. To be on the roll and to be voted on to the Parochial Church Council executive, the minimum age is… just sixteen.
Well, that is a surprise.
Link: What is a Parochial Church Council?