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PCC Function and Rules of Conduct

The Parochial Church Council Powers Measure 1956 summarises the general functions of PCCs as follows:

It shall be the duty of the Minister and the Parochial Church Council to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish.

The functions of the PCC shall include:

  1. Co-operation with the Minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical;
  2. the consideration and discussions of matters concerning the Church of England or any other matters of religious or public interest, but not the declaration of the doctrine of the Church on any question;
  3. making known and putting into effect any provision made by the Diocesan Synod, but without prejudice to the powers of the Council on any particular matter;
  4. giving advice to the Diocesan Synod on any matter referred to the Council;
  5. raising such matters as the Council consider appropriate with the Diocesan Synod.

In the exercise of its functions, the PCC shall take into consideration any expression of opinion by any Parochial Church Meeting.

Body Corporate

The PCC is known as a body corporate. This means that the Council has a legal identity quite separate from the individual members of which it is composed. However, the Council body is accountable for the decisions that it makes and therefore decisions need to be taken carefully showing fairness, respect for the law and be in line with the regulations of the Charity Commission.  For this reason, the details of any far-reaching decision must always be prepared carefully in writing for every member of the PCC to have a chance to read and consider before it is finalised at the PCC meeting.

The PCC is also a charity by virtue of its objectives, which are essentially the advancement of religion and the making of provision of public worship.  Members of the PCC are trustees of the charity and have to meet certain obligations required by charity law such as ensuring PCC funds and assets are used appropriately.

Conduct of PCC business

The Rules governing the conduct of PCCs are contained in the Church Representation Rules.  Both these and the 1956 Measure have been much amended over the years.  Key Rules governing the conduct of PCCs are as follows:
Number of meetings

PCCs must hold at least four meetings a year (as well as the Annual Meeting), spread evenly throughout the year.


A PCC is made up of all Licensed Clergy, Readers and Lay Workers in the Parish, Benefice or Team; the Churchwardens; any lay representatives on Deanery Synod, Diocesan Synod or General Synod who are on the electoral roll of the Parish; and a number of elected lay representatives whose names must appear on the electoral roll. The number of elected representatives a PCC can have is dependent on the size of the Electoral Roll.

The PCC can also decide to co-opt at least two additional members on to the PCC as long as this is not higher in number than one-fifth of the elected lay representatives on the Council. All co-opted members have to be either ordained or be lay communicants over sixteen years old.  The number of elected lay members a parish can have on their PCC is dependant on the size of their electoral roll. For a roll of:

Number on the Electoral Roll Number of Elected Representatives
50 or under 6
51-100 9
101-200 12
201-300 15

On this basis the number of elected lay members for North Curry is now 12, but as the roll has until recently been below 100 and there is difficulty filling vacancies the current aim is to have 9 elected members

Lay members hold office for three years and then retire but they are eligible for re-election on retirement.  The annual meeting can specify a period beyond which no member of the laity can serve continuously through re-election and can specify the length of the interval before they can stand again for election to the PCC.  It is usual for a third of the lay membership to retire every year.


A PCC is quorate, i.e. can conduct business, if a third of its current membership is present.


Three quarters of the members present at a meeting must consent to the transaction of any non-Agenda item of business.


This is decided by a simple majority of those members present and voting (the Chair has a second, or casting, vote if necessary).

Postponed Meeting

If a meeting has to be postponed, PCC members must be given written notice of the date of the reconvened meeting within fourteen days of the postponed meeting.

Emergency Meetings

Emergency meetings be convened by the Chair with at least three clear days' notice in writing.  The quorum for such a meeting is a majority of PCC members and only business specified in the notice convening the meeting may be transacted.


The PCC must appoint a Standing Committee of at least five people (the Parish Priest (Curate) and Churchwardens are members ex-officio; the PCC must appoint at least another two PCC members.  PCC Secretaries are usually expected to serve on the Standing Committee of the parish.). 

The standing committee may be called for small ad hoc occasions when an urgent decision is required and when the PCC has given this smaller group their authority to act in a particular matter.

The PCC may appoint other committees (e.g. for Mission, Finance, Fabric, Worship, Stewardship, etc).

These notes have been compiled with reference to the two main legislative provisions called Measures governing the organisation and management of the Church of England and also draw on similar guidance published by a number of dioceses in England.  They are for guidance only and not intended to be an authoritative statement of the law.

  • 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". The full text of the PCC Powers Measure in its currently amended form is on the Statute Law Database http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukcm/Eliz2/4-5/3/contents and
  • the Church Representation Rules (contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 as amended)  The full text of the Church Representation Rules in its currently amended form is on the Statute Law Database at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukcm/1969/2/contents.
Covid Update

Given the significant rise in cases locally (not just among the clergy!), I think it is important that we reconsider the way we distribute communion. For the present time, until things settle down again, we will be reverting to the previous system of “priestly intinction” whereby the president offers an “intincted” wafer to communicants. Please do not feel obliged to receive the wine in this way. It is perfectly acceptable to receive only the bread: please let the president know.

Open Gardens

The weather wasn’t especially helpful, but the gardens of North Curry still looked splendid and the people turned out to marvel! A grand total of £1656.10 was raised over the two afternoons and (by all accounts—the vicar was in quarantine) everyone enjoyed the fellowship, the flowers and the fancies. Thank you to Lorraine Bryan-Brown and Liz Gibbs for their terrific organisation, to Keith Gibbs for his help with communication and to everyone who supported in anyway: car parks, teas and cakes, and most of all by opening your gardens!

Evening Prayer

“For everything there is a season”, (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and it would appear that the season for evening prayer on a Wednesday in Stoke St Gregory has come to an end, by mutual agreement of those who have attended for some years. Following the hiatus of the pandemic, it has become clear that this time of prayer together is no longer needed as part of the pattern of worship in the parish and there will be no more Wednesday evening prayer from now on. Stopping a time of prayer can seem a loss and counter to the mission we all have as Christians, and, of course, anytime to pray is to be welcomed. However, the writer of Ecclesiastes was wise and perceptive. He goes on to point out that, “[God] has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Eccles 3:11) Prayer continues daily in our hearts, I know. And Monday to Thursday each week there is morning prayer across the benefice. A new pattern will emerge in Stoke St Gregory in due course: I have faith that this will be so. In the meantime, all are welcome at 9am in North Curry (Mon), Stoke St Gregory (Tue), Burrowbridge (Wed) or Lyng (Thu).

Ukrainian Cuisine Evening: Tuesday 5th July

Ukrainian Cuisine Evening at the King Alfred Inn, Burrowbridge, in aid of field ambulances. Contact the King Alf Pub for tickets

Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites, Sat 20th Aug

Saturday August 20th at 7.30pm in North Curry Church: Gregory Steward, tenor, presents an Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine/juice: available from North Curry Post Office or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the door. Under-18s free.

Lyng Harvest Supper, 3rd September at 6pm

Come and celebrate the season with friends and food. Delicious fare for us to share. Ticket £5 available in advance only to include supper and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. We will be collecting donations for the local food-bank.

A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Lyngfest! Saturday July 30th, 7pm

Join us in the Village Hall garden for an evening of live music accompanied by Cheese and Cider tasting. Ticket £10 available in advance only. Kids go free. A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Pastoral care, July 2022

Years Mind

We call to mind parishioners who have died at this time in recent years.

Sylvia Dawe, Joyce Gridley, Margaret Hayhoe, Donald Phillips, Michelle Sutton, Charles Townshend, Eric Willoughby, Ronald Boobyer.

For those who are sick or in need

We hold in our prayers those affected locally and around the world by the Coronavirus: patients, carers, families, and friends.

We pray also for Alison, Andrea, Andy, Anne & family, Anne, Aoife, Audrey (2), Barbara, Ben, Bill, Brian, Carolyn, Chris & Jean, Dave & family, Sally, Edna, Jean, Val, Jan and Peter, Diane, Eileen, Elizabeth & George, George, Hannah, Helen, Innes, Isaac and his family, Jean, John, Joan, Joyce, Judith & David, Kay, Ken, Laurence, Libby and her family, Lorraine, Margaret, Mary, Mignon, Pam, Portia, Primrose, Ralph, Rita, Sheila, Sue & Robert, Susan, Thomas, Tom, Vi, Victoria, Zillah … ... and for their families and carers, and all those who are in need but not named.

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A prayer for Ukraine

Father of all,

We hold before you today the country of Ukraine and its people. We have no words to express the sadness we feel for them. We pray that your Holy Spirit will act to bring peace; that violence and brutality will have no place in its lands; that you will hold your people safe

Lord have Mercy

We pray that the people of your world will work together

To protect the poor and the afraid To heal the sick and the dying To free those oppressed and in prison We hold them all before you

Christ have Mercy

We hold before you those we know who are caught up in the situation. We pray for our armed forces. We pray for all those who stand for good in the face of evil. We pray for those hurting and grieving for their country. We hold them all in your love

And above all we pray for hope.

Lord have Mercy


Athelney Prayer

Almighty God, who made all things and sustains all things, we come together remembering the past and full of hope for the future.

We thank you for the part you call us to play in our Benefice's continuing story.

Lord, bind us more closely together and unite us in the work of your kingdom in our communities. Help us to draw on the gifts and talents in our midst and to use them in your service.

May we be a welcoming and loving community, united in worshipping you and open to your guiding Spirit.

Holy Spirit guide us and fill us with vision and energy; make us faithful in prayer and worship, that we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.

We ask these things in the name of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


Upcoming events

04 Jul 2022
09:00AM - 09:30AM
Morning Prayer: NC

05 Jul 2022
09:00AM - 09:30AM
Morning Prayer: SSG

07 Jul 2022
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Bells Committee

08 Jul 2022
04:00PM - 05:00PM
Choir practice

10 Jul 2022
Zoom link

10 Jul 2022
09:30AM - 12:00PM
Zoom Worship in Athelney

10 Jul 2022
10:00AM - 11:00AM
United Benefice service

11 Jul 2022
09:00AM - 09:30AM
Morning Prayer: NC

11 Jul 2022
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Kathryn Astin

11 Jul 2022
07:30PM - 09:30PM
Parish Council: Stoke St Gregory

Trinity 4, 10th July 2022
Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Moses said to the people of Israel, "The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

"Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?' Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?' No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe."

Psalm 25:1-9

Ad te, Domine, levavi

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.

2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.

4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.

5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.

6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

8 He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.

9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Colossians 1:1-14

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, `Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."