PCC Members

PCC members

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The membership of the Parochial Church Council, or PCC,  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. 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. 


Clergy are ordained ('consecrated' or set apart for the administration of various religious duties) and so take care of the religious ceremonies and also teach or otherwise help in spreading religion's doctrine and practices. They deal with life-cycle events (rites of passage) such as BaptismsConfirmationsWeddings and Funerals. Clergy work both inside and outside the actual church, and can be found working in hospitals, nursing homes, missions, schools, etc.

In the Church of England, parish priests are called either 'vicar' or 'rector', the distinction being largely historical although the roles are essentially the same. Here at St James's the Revd Derek Winterburn became our tenth vicar on 8th November 2016. Find out about Derek on the page Our Vicar.

Once ordained, that person can become a curate (from the Latin curatus meaning 'care for'), a person who is invested with the care of souls in a parish. Although a curate can actually be either a priest or a deacon, the term is most often applied to an assistant ordained minister. The duties or office of a curate are sometimes called a curacy and include a specific role within the eucharist. On Sunday July 4th, 2015 Revd Jacky Cammidge became curate at St James's, having been ordained priest by the Bishop of London at St Paul’s Cathedral the day before.

Following ordination Jacky had to complete four years as a curate. At the end of this period, in 2019, she was fully qualified and so no longer a curate. She is now our Associate Priest. Find out about Jacky on the page Our Associate Priest

Find out more

The History of St James's Clergy


Churchwardens are lay officials, men or women, working as part-time volunteers. They represent the laity and are responsible directly to the Diocese. They advise and assist the clergy in their work of ministry. They have to ensure that the church buildings and their contents are kept in a fit condition for services of worship and maintained as part of our heritage and are assisted in the latter by the Properties Team.

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Tops of the churchwardens' staffs

The churchwardens are members of the Parochial Church Council. They are elected at the Meeting of Parishioners by the parishioners, whether on the electoral roll or not, which must happen on or before 30th April. They are then sworn in and formally admitted to office by the Archdeacon, between being elected and 31st July the same year. They are also ex-officio members of the Church Standing Committee. Currently St James's Church has only one churchwarden.

Churchwardens have a duty under ecclesiastical law to keep an up to date 'terrier' (from the Latin terra - earth or land) of the property and an inventory of the furnishings, ornaments and valuables. These detailed records and also professional inspections, alterations and repairs must be produced for inspection when required. Although they are responsible for all the moveable things in and around the church, the vicar is responsible for the buildings themselves.

Churchwardens also have a duty to make sure that the clergy can conduct their services and other meetings without hindrance. This requires that any visitors or newcomers are welcomed and assisted, that there is adequate seating, proper lighting and heating, and that all other facilities required are in place, including safety requirements. As members of other parish committees and groups, churchwardens are often able to offer advice and assistance. Churchwardens have their own particular areas of knowledge and interests but they also have to deal with unexpected problems and add to the general wellbeing of the parish. Churchwardens use their staffs of office at certain specilal services. These are wooden with brass tops as shown in the pictures above.

PCC Teams 

There is a Standing Committee which is the only committee required by law. It has the power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the PCC. In addition there are several specialist committees or teams. The elected representatives operate through these specialist teams, each with its own designated responsibilities. They meet between full meetings of the PCC and feed back to the next full meeting.

The Finance Team supports the treasurer, recommends a budget to the PCC, reviews the accounts prior to inspection and supports stewardship / giving campaigns.
• The Properties Team is responsible to the PCC for the care and maintenance of all the parish’s buildings.
• The Children’s Ministry Team oversees our ministry to children, young people and families.
• St James’s Hospitality/Social Team is responsible for arranging catering at parish functions and also for a programme of social activities.
• The Charity Support Team is responsible for setting the annual programme of charitable grants, and for relating to the recipients.
• The Spire Team is responsible for the parish magazine (Spire).
The Building Development Team is a new team headed by Derek, and includes Bryan Basdell, created essentially to use funds to develop the buildings.

There are many other teams, each responsible for specific work, but they are not actually PCC teams. Details of these teams, and what they do, can be found on the appropriate pages throughout this website.