The Parochial Church Council (PCC)


The Parochial Church Council, or PCC, is an executive committee of the parish with powers and duties defined by certain Acts of Parliament. The membership consists of the clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with twelve representatives of the laity elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the parish. These representatives operate through committees or teams, which meet between full meetings of the PCC and feed back to the next full meeting. The PCC secretary and the treasurer are generally elected or co-opted from the PCC. In addition there are three ex-officio members who are the elected members of the Deanery Synod who report back after synod meetings. The PCC meets every four to five weeks, with the exception of December and August.

PCC members are trustees of St James’s, which is a registered charity, and can serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms of office without a break, either starting or standing down after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April. Only churchwardens have to stand for re-election every year and can serve a maximum of six consecutive years without a break.

In addition to their formal duties, PCC members act as representatives for all parishioners in the affairs of the church. Apart from the vicar, who is ex-officio chairman, all PCC members are elected directly or indirectly by the parishioners.

Statement of PCC Members' Responsibilities

Charity law requires the PCC, as trustees of the church, to prepare an annual report and financial statements for each financial year. This should give a true and fair view of the church's financial activities during the year and of its financial position over the year. The PCC is also required to ensure that these are subjected to an annual independent examination or audit and to present these to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in accordance with the Church Representation Rules.

The PCC has the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. Formally, the PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the church and the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents. It also has a voice in the forms of service used by the church and may make representations to the bishop on matters affecting the welfare of the parish.

The PCC and the parish also have representatives on a number of outside bodies, and a nominee on the Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity.

Find out more

PCC 2018-19 Report (document)
PCC teams 
PCC minutes (access needed to see these)
Meeting of Parishioners for the Election of Churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
St James's Parochial Church Council (PCC) through the years


PCC secretary: Nick Bagge on 020 8783 0871