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Introduction to the PCC


1. Legal reason for a PCC – The main purposes of the PCC are defined in the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measures of 1956 as firstly:

to co-operate with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.  

Secondly, it is responsible for the financial affairs of the church and the care, maintenance and insurance of the fabric of the church and its goods and ornaments.  It also has an important voice in decisions to do with the forms of service that are used.

PCC meetings – the aim is to keep the whole meeting to less than two hours. Meetings follow a formal agenda, are chaired by the Vicar or in the Vicar’s absence by the most senior churchwarden, and are minuted. Meetings are held at the Church Hall usually on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, 6 times per year (typically in alternate months).


2. Committees – PCC members may be asked to serve on at least one sub committee, for example Missions Committee, Finance and Personnel, Youth and children’s work, Faith Sharing, Buildings, Worship Committee.  Each committee can also co-opt members it chooses from outside the PCC.  Some of the more detailed PCC work is carried out through these committees. PCC meetings then ensure that the whole council is aware of what is happening, and they accept or reject recommendations of the committees (and other working parties set up from time to time by the PCC). Some PCC members represent us at Thornbury Churches Together,  and at Deanery Synod.


3. Standing Committee – This committee is the one statutory committee of the PCC and has the power to transact its business between meetings subject to any directions given by the PCC.  The PCC has determined that the committee should be limited to the spending of £1000 (except for emergency appeals when the limit is £2000) without reference to the PCC.  The Standing Committee currently sets the agenda for PCC meetings.  The membership of the committee is the Vicar and churchwardens and at least two other members of the PCC appointed by the council, including the Treasurer.


4. New PCC members are nominated before the Annual Parish Church Meeting which is in late April (26th in 2015) and take their place on the PCC after that. The term of office is usually 3 years. PCC members and all who vote at the APCM must be on the electoral roll.