Parochial Church Council - Annual Parochial Church Meeting - 13 September 2020
Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic forced us to postpone the meeting to elect churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) planned for 26 April, but we now have a new date:
SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2020
To ensure that as many people as possible can participate, the meetings will be held in church and simultaneously on Zoom, starting at 11:00am. The Zoom codes will be announced nearer the time; and all the paperwork will be available electronically.
The first meeting is for parishioners to elect the two churchwardens (who serve for one year at a time).
The second meeting is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting - the annual meeting. Every lay person whose name is on our electoral roll is entitled to attend.
These are important meetings. Please participate if you are able. The annual meeting is your chance to ask questions and voice your opinion.
The Diocese of Lincoln has issued guidance about the conduct of annual meetings; and, on that basis, we can confirm that everyone who is entitled to participate in the church or via Zoom on that occasion has the power to vote.
PCC vacancies - There are four vacancies to be filled on the PCC this year. The term of office is three years. Please consider standing for election. Nominees must be at least sixteen years of age, actual communicants, and on the electoral roll of this parish for at least the preceding six months. If you have any questions about serving on the PCC, please contact Fr Stuart, the Churchwardens (Andrew Gregory and Jan Burrows) or the PCC Secretary (email@example.com).
PCC meetings - In a ‘normal’ 12-month year, the PCC usually meets at least six times. The 2020-21 PCC year will naturally be shorter, running from 13 September 2020 until the 2021 annual meeting (likely to be in April or May 2021). At present, PCC meetings have been scheduled on the following dates at 7:30 p.m.: Thursday 1 October, Tuesday 10 November 2020, Thursday 21 January and Tuesday 16 March 2021. Meetings usually last no more than one and a half hours. The agenda and papers are circulated electronically beforehand (but we can provide printed papers on request).
PCC Sub-groups - Each PCC member serves on at least one of seven PCC Sub-Groups:
- Children & Youth (2019-20 Chair: Laura Cradduck)
- Creation Care (a new sub-group in 2020 - Chair to be appointed)
- Fabric (2019-20 Chair: John Manterfield)
- Finance (2019-20 Chair: Jane Sharp)
- Licence Management (2019-20 Chair: Paul Davie)
- Mission & Social Responsibility (2019-20 Chair: Jo Counsell)
- Social (2019-20 Chair: Mel Fletcher).
The sub-groups usually meet at least three or four times a year. Dates will be announced in due course.
Interested in serving on a Sub-group, but not on the PCC? - The membership of the Sub-Groups for 2020-21 will comprise PCC members and members of the church community. If you are not on the PCC but might be interested in serving on a Sub-Group, please contact the relevant Chair (who will be able to answer any questions) and/or Fr Stuart.
Elections to Grantham Deanery Synod 2020 - Elections to the Grantham Deanery Synod will also be made at our annual meeting. The Deanery Synod fits into the synodical structure of the Church of England between the PCC and the Diocesan Synod. (The national body is the General Synod.) The Deanery Synod provides a forum for mutual support for all the clergy and congregations within the deanery; and it should be a place of prayer, listening and study, where people can grow a vision and passion to see the wider Church flourish.
St Wulfram’s will elect three lay representatives in 2020. The term of office on the Deanery Synod is three years. By virtue of their election, the lay reps become members of the St Wulfram’s PCC.
If you are interested in seeking election to the Deanery Synod in 2020, please look at this information sheet which sets out what the Diocese looks for in a Deanery Synod representative.
The Deanery Synod usually meets at least three times a year. The first meeting of the new Deanery Synod will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, at 7.30 p.m. Meeting dates in 2021 have yet to be arranged.
Nomination forms - All nomination forms are also available on request from the Parish Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for return of completed forms (with proposer and seconder, each of whom must be on our electoral roll) is Thursday 10 September 2020.
You can either post a completed nomination form to The Parish Office, c/o The Rectory, Church Street, Grantham, NG31 6RR or email it to email@example.com.
Church Electoral Roll
The Church Electoral Roll is the basic list in every parish of all those entitled to vote on elections within the Church of England. Those entitled to have their names on this roll must be 16 years of age or more and they must reside in the relevant parish or be regular worshippers in church whose roll they wish to join. The roll is completely renewed every six years, the next time this occurs is 2025, at which point all members must re-apply for membership or else their names will be deleted. By this means, the continuing validity of the roll is maintained.
Joining the Electoral Roll opens the way for greater involvement in the life of your Church, at deanery, diocesan and national levels as well as being entitled to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. With your name on the Electoral Roll, the strength of the Church can be seen in your area and across the county.
If you want to be on the Electoral Roll for St Wulfram’sChurch, please click on the link below for a copy of the form. Once completed please return it to Elaine Chambers, the Electoral Roll Officer by Friday 28 August 2020. Forms received after this date will be added to the Electoral Roll after the APCM on 13 September.
You can either return your form by post to: The Parish Office, St Wulfram’s Church, c/o The Rectory, Church Street, Grantham, NG31 6RR
Or email your form back to firstname.lastname@example.org
To check which parish you are a resident in please the link to go to the Church of England's website for A Church Near You.