Parochial Church Council

Registered Charity 1131171

The Constitution of the Church in Wales defines the functions and powers of a Parochial Church Council (PCC). The principal function of the PCC is “promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.” PCC Members, therefore, have significant responsibilities for the local mission of the Church.

The PCC is accountable to the Annual Vestry Meeting, and it is a further requirement of the Constitution that the Incumbent and the PCC consult and co-operate in all matters of concern. The affairs of a Parish are therefore a joint responsibility. The PCC is required to meet at least four times in every year.

PCC members are charity trustees and thus have certain responsibilities in charity law.

The Parochial Church Council has three categories of members:

  • ex officio: clerics holding parochial appointment, full time stipendiary lay workers, churchwardens and sub-wardens, if appointed
  • elected: lay persons elected at the Annual Vestry Meeting up to such number, to a maximum of twenty five, as the Vestry shall determine
  • co-opted: Secretary and Treasurer, if not in the above categories; not exceeding seven lay persons or clerics (other than retired clerics) as determined by the PCC; such licensed readers as the PCC may determine.

Extracts from the Parochial Administration Handbook of the Church in Wales.


Carving on the pulpit at Holy Trinity

Carving on the pulpit at Holy Trinity

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