PCC and Standing Committee

The parochial church council (PCC) is the executive body of a Church of England parish.

A PCC consists of the clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with a number of representatives of the laity elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting by means of being nominated and seconded at the meeting, and also being listed on the parish roll for at least six months. The incumbent is the chairman of the PCC and a lay member is appointed vice-chairman. The PCC must meet at least four times a year.

The PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the church and the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents. These latter responsibilities are executed by churchwardens or other volunteers. 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.

A PCC is always a charity. Since 2008 under the Charity Commission's The Excepted Church Charity Programme, only PCCs with a gross income of over £100,000 are required to register with the Charity Commission. The members of all PCCs, whether registered or not, are trustees.

Many parish post-holders are appointed by the PCC such as sidesperson, child protection representative,  treasurer, and secretary.

Churchwardens are elected at a meeting of parishioners held pursuant to the Churchwardens Measure 2001 (No. 1) and are ex-officio members of the PCC and its standing committee.


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