Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Our PCC is elected annually at the Annual Parochial Meeting, which usually takes place in April. To be elected on to the PCC, a person needs to be on the electoral roll, over 16 years of age, consent to being appointed and should have received communion at least three times in the previous year. 

Some explanatory notes about the PCC:

Brief overview

Until 1919 the administration and finances of a parish were the legal responsibility of the incumbent and the churchwardens. The members of congregations had little say in the running of the church except in electing the churchwardens. They now also elect members of the PCC and the PCC is a democratically elected body responsible to church members who are registered on the electoral roll.

Main role of the PCC

The functions of the PCC are set out in the The Synodical Government Measure of 1969. These are the main functions of our PCC:

  • Co-operation with the incumbent in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.
  • Responsibility for the maintenance of the church buildings and churchyard, and, with the incumbent, for deciding how the church's money is to be spent.
  • The PCC is formally the employer of the church's paid workers. 
  • The PCC has the right to be consulted about major changes to the forms of worship used in the parish and about the appointment of a new incumbent.
  • The PCC is also consulted about any pastoral scheme affecting the parish.

The PCC will have on it the members of the Deanery Synod, who have an important role in linking the parish into the wider structures of the Church.

Subcommittees of the PCC

Given its wide responsibilities, the PCC on its own clearly cannot do everything that is needed in the parish. It therefore has a number of committees, each dealing with a particular aspect of parish life. Each committee has at least one PCC member on it and often has one or more co-opted non-PCC members. These committees are formally responsible to the PCC, reporting back to it regularly and seeking its approval before making major changes or incurring significant costs. Click on the link here to see the sub-committees of our PCC.

The Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is a special sub-committee of the PCC. Its job is to carry out the work of the full PCC between PCC meetings, for example, if something urgent comes up that does not justify calling an extraordinary meeting of the whole PCC. All Hallows' Standing Committee comprises Team Vicar, the Wardens, the Treasurer, the Lay Chairperson, the Secretary and two additional members elected from within the PCC.

Further information

Formally, the PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of All Hallows and the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents. These latter responsibilities are carried out by our Churchwardens. It also has a voice in all forms of services used within All Hallows and may make representations to the Bishop on matters affecting the welfare of the parish.