St Matthew's Church

Blackmoor and Whitehill

 

The role of the PCC.

 

Membership:

  • The PCC is a legal body (whose members are trustees) with membership made up of ex officio and elected members.
  • Ex officio - Incumbent, Readers, Churchwardens, other clergy holding the Bishop’s licence, and any members of any Deanery, Diocesan or General Synod.
  • The Chairperson is the Incumbent; a lay person is appointed Vice-chair.
  • The Incumbent can vacate the chair to someone else only if s/he is present.  If s/he is absent, the Vice-chair chairs the meeting.
  • The Quorum of a PCC meeting is one third of its members.  The number of elected members must take into account the number on the Electoral Roll and is decided by the APCM.
  • The Chairperson has the casting vote.
  • The PCC must meet not less than four times a year.
  • The PCC can co-opt a Secretary.  The Treasurer must be appointed from among the members.
  • The Independent Auditor cannot be appointed from among PCC members, but must be known to members.
  • The Incumbent can convene a meeting at any time.
  • The Standing Committee of the PCC has power to transact business between PCC meetings.  It must consist of at least five members, made up as follows: ex officio Incumbent and Churchwardens plus two others appointed by PCC.

 

Powers:

  • The PCC oversees the financial affairs of the parish, frames an annual budget and (with the incumbent) agrees to the disposal of monies collected.
  • The PCC advises Deanery and Diocesan Synods as required.
  • The PCC is responsible for the care, maintenance and fabric of the church, its goods, ornaments; and the care and maintenance of the churchyard.
  • The PCC can acquire, manage and administer property for ecclesiastical purposes.
  • The PCC must be party to any agreement on sharing of buildings.
  • The PCC can make representation to the Bishop or his representative (Archdeacon) with regard to any matter affecting the welfare of the parish.
  • The PCC has a voice on decisions concerning the use of forms of service authorised by the Church of England.

 

Functions:

  • The PCC consults with the Incumbent on matters of general concern and importance to the parish.
  • With the Incumbent, the PCC promotes the whole mission of the church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.
  • The PCC will often consider and discuss matters concerning the Church of England and any other matters of religious or public interest.