Minchinhampton with Box Annual Parochial Church Meeting
21st October 2020
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is taking place on 21st October, having had to be postponed from its more usual April date because of the Covid-19 restrictions. This note was originally issued early in the year so that everyone could think about whether one of these roles for which elections are held at the meeting might be for you and/or whether you can think of people you know who would be good to propose.
This note sets out a bit about the roles and the process for the elections. All the formal paperwork will be available from 4th October, but the most important starting point for anyone who is interested is to talk to one of the people doing the job now.
Churchwardens are elected annually as the senior laypeople of the parish and congregation. Their term of office is one year, and they may serve for up to six consecutive terms of office. They are the Bishop’s officers, and with the parish priest, they are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the parish. Churchwardens are vital to the health and wellbeing of our church communities. It’s an important, interesting and, at times, a demanding role so we’ve developed a role description so that people interested in offering themselves as churchwardens or proposing someone can see the duties involved and what personal qualities/skills/experience will help them to do the job well. We’ll be asking candidates to provide a written statement about what they bring to the role as described that can be circulated for the APCM. Mandy Jutsum and Jamie Dalrymple-Hamilton are our current churchwardens. The role description is available from them or from the PCC secretary, Margaret Sheather.
The PCC (Parochial Church Council) is the main decision-making body for the parish and consists of the clergy, churchwardens, elected lay people and deanery synod representatives. It meets regularly to discuss all aspects of church life: our mission to the community, our finances, the care of the building and churchyard, our worship, safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and any current national and diocesan developments. As the PCC is a charity, the members are all trustees of the charity. If you want to get more involved in the life of the church and parish and have the chance to represent the congregation in decision-making then this might be the role for you. There are at least three vacancies. You can find the current membership list in photographic form at the back of the church.
The Deanery Synod brings together all the clergy and representatives of the laity from across the Stroud area. It provides a forum for sharing ideas (or problems!), hearing about developments across the diocese and is a channel of communication through from the parishes to the leadership of the diocese. It elects representatives onto the Diocesan Synod. We can have four lay representatives from this parish and they are elected every three years and this is one of those years. It’s important that the voice of our parish can be represented fully in these discussions. The current representatives are Jackie Natt, Julian Elloway, Jamie Dalrymple-Hamilton and Margaret Sheather.
Revd Canon Howard Gilbert