The Parochial Church Council (PCC)


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The primary object of the PCC is the promotion of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the doctrines and practices of the Church of England. St James’s PCC has the responsibility for co-operating with the incumbent in promoting, in the ecclesiastical parish, the whole mission of the church – pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

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. 

The Meeting of Parishioners for the Election of Churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

APCMThis must take place by April 30th each year and, at St James's, normally take place in the hall at 11am, following Parish Communion. The business of the Meeting of Parishioners is to elect two churchwardens for the following year. All parishioners on either the church Electoral Roll or the Civil Electoral Register can vote at this meeting. There then follows the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). All on the church electoral roll can take part in and vote at this meeting. There are reports from the vicar, the treasurer and other officers of the Parochial Church Council, on the events of the last year.

At this meeting, five representatives to the Deanery Synod are elected for three years. The number of representatives depends on the number on the Electoral Roll. They become ex-officio members of the PCC. A further election for eleven ordinary members of the PCC is then held. Ordinary PCC members must be elected annually. From their number they elect the secretary and the treasurer. The ordinary members serve for up to three years, so some new members are elected each year along with those re-elected for a further year. An auditor of the PCC's accounts has to be appointed. The auditor must not be member of the PCC.

So there is an important legal aspect to the APCM. But there is also a key spiritual aspect to the APCM. We celebrate what God has done through us during the previous year. The APCM is always interesting and offers an opportunity for anyone on the electoral roll to voice opinions on the way the church has been or is being managed.

Find out more

Report for 2019 (document)
PCC Report 2019 (document)

PCC Members 
PCC Minutes (access needed to see these)
The History of St James's Parochial Church Council


PCC Secretary: Nick Bagge on 020 8783 0871
Churchwarden: Gwynneth Lloyd on 020 8943 0709