PCC responsibilities


7 January 2021: New Bishop’s Instrument relating to APCMs

A new Bishop’s Instrument has been issued to allow the annual parochial church meeting (APCM) and the meeting of parishioners to choose churchwardens to continue to take place electronically. Under the Church Representation Rules, the APCM should take place before 31st May 2021.

Download the new Bishop’s Instrument below.

The responsibilities and duties of Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) are set out in the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956.

Under the Church Representation Rules PCCs must hold an Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  At the APCM the annual report and financial statements for the previous year are presented and officers are appointed for the current year.  The APCM can take place as soon as the annual financial statements are finalised, but no later than 31 May.

Membership of church electoral rolls and the management of Parochial Church Meetings and Councils is governed by the Church Representation Rules 2020, available from the Church House Bookshop.

Your responsibilities for the care of parish records are outlined on the Church of England website and in the Keep or Bin leaflet.

The Parish Guidelines for Preventing Bullying and Harassment are available for download below for your reference.

Who to contact

Peter Evans, Assistant Diocesan Secretary


APCM 2020 Bishops' Signed instrument re APCM and elections - January 2021

Parish guidelines for preventing bullying and harrassment

Completing a place audit