The parochial church council (PCC) is our church’s governing body and also acts as the board of trustees which oversees the church’s charitable works and money.
The powers and duties of PCCs are very clearly defined (see here) and include:
- co-operating with the vicar to promote the mission of the Church in the parish
- being responsible for the financial affairs of the church
- care and maintenance of the church and the hall, as well as their contents and the churchyards.
It also has a voice in the forms of service used by the church and may make representations to the bishop and deanery synod on matters affecting the welfare and pastoral care of the parish.
Our PCC meets every two months. In addition to finance and the upkeep of our buildings, it makes decisions about the mission of St Martin's and our involvement in the community, our support for partner organisations, the social life and activities of the Church, the spiritual development of the congregation and our worship. Much of what the PCC discusses is based on recommendations from its sub-committees.
The PCC is made up of the parish clergy and elected representatives from our congregation, including the churchwardens and our deanery synod representatives. Elections for the PCC take place every year, usually in April, at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting - on the same evening that our churchwardens are elected.
Members of the PCC are appointed to serve on one of its sub-committees (see here).