Home | User Login | Contact Us | Sitemap | Accessibility

Latest Parish News & Event Links:

Church Electoral Roll

Why have one?

It is your parish church’s register of electors; it is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where elections take place for:

a) the parochial church council and b) the parish’s representatives on the deanery synod.

Any person entitled to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting may raise any question of parochial or general church interest.

Complete renewal of the electoral roll takes place every six years. In a year of renewal no names are carried over from the old roll and everyone must make a new application to be included on the new roll.

However anyone can join the Electroral Roll by completing an application form at any time provided you meet the simple qualifications. The completed form should be returned to the Parish Office.

You have to declare that you are baptised and over the age of 16. You also have to be a member of the Church of England and resident in the parish.

What difference does it make?

By enrolling you become a voting member of the Church of England and so help to ensure that all the synodical councils of the Church – the parochial church council, the deanery synod, the diocesan synod, and the General Synod – are fully representative of its members.

Synodical government gives an opportunity for partnership between bishops, clergy, and laity in the life of the Church:

First, the system is intended to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to play their part in decision making.

Secondly, the system is intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of church life, including its doctrine and services.