PCCs and Churchwardens

Parochial Church Councils (or more simply, PCCs) are charities and their members are Charity Trustees.

Amongst many other responsibilities, they exist to support the smooth operating of the parish. In doing so and as part of being a registered charity, there are a number of responsibilities and duties PCC Officers undertake.

For a start, charities have a range of Governing Documents. Charitable Trusts are governed by Trust Deeds; Charitable Companies will have a Memorandum and Articles; whilst Charitable Associations usually have a Constitution.

Whilst PCCs are charities, they are governed by two pieces of Church of England legislation, called Measures.

These are:

  • The Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 as amended. This defines the principal function, or purpose, of the PCC as "promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church". You can find the full text of the PCC Powers Measure in its currently amended form on the Statute Law Database by clicking here.
  • The Church Representation Rules (contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 as amended). A new edition of the Rules was produced for 2017 and an updated online edition of the Rules as at 1 January 2017 is available on this link.

The links to the left are there to help sign-post PCC Officers and Churchwardens to some of the most commonly required areas.