St.Martin of Tours
Church Road, Chelsfield, BR6 7SN
Every Anglican Parish maintains an church electoral roll, on which the names of voting church members are recorded. The member needs to be baptised, aged sixteen or over, submitted an application form, a Church Member resident in the Parish or regularly attending Church Services but not resident in the Parish. Full details can be found on the Church of England website: Church Representation Rules: All those who attend our services / members of the congregation are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and stand for election to the PCC. Although you can be on the electoral roll of more than one church, you may only nominate one of those churches to stand for the Church Synod or to be a PCC member.
The Electoral Roll is revised annually and fully renewed every 4 years. The last full renewal was in Spring 2013.
Parochial Church Council (PCC)
The PCC is a corporate body established by the Church of England. The PCC operates under the Parochial Church Council Powers Measure.
The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. At St.Martin’s the membership of the PCC consists of the incumbent, churchwardens, the reader and members elected by those members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll of the church. Elections are held at the Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting (APCM) held in April each year.
The PCC members are responsible for making decisions on all matters of general concern and importance to the parish including deciding jointly with the Rector how the funds of the PCC are to be collected and spent. Further details on PCC Accountability. The PCC as a Charity.
There must be at least four PCC meetings a year. The quorum is one third of the members. The minister chairs the meetings, if there is no minister in post then a churchwarden may do so. Matters requiring a decision are decided by simple majority vote. In the event of an equal vote the meeting’s chairman has a second or casting vote.
Under normal circumstances all business should be included in the agenda sent with the notice of meeting and no decisions should be taken on matters not included in that agenda. Special procedures apply in the rare case of genuine emergencies.
Where there is an Interregnum or Vacancy, i.e. when their is no Rector or Priest in Charge, a Church Warden will chair the PCC.
Chelsfield PCC is a registered charity. PCC members are also trustees of the charity.