Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Langho Billington Otherwise Langho

APCM

17 Sep 2020, 5 p.m.

At PCC on Monday we set the date for the APCM for October 11th at 11.15am (after the 10.30am service). It will be in church, socially distanced, as brief as possible and primarily for election of offices. This meeting is normally held by the end of April and we had everything ready to go last March. However, Covid put paid to that and the national Church of England gave parishes an extension to the end of October to hold this meeting as it is a legal obligation to do so.

The annual meeting is an important one for the whole church. It is the opportunity for members of the congregation to elect the people that they want to be on the PCC, to ask questions about the state of the church building , finances etc

At the meeting we will elect two church wardens who look after the fabric of the church building

Two places for deanery synod for a 3 year elected period -our representatives in the deanery (these people are automatically members of PCC)

PCC members - one 12 month vacancy and three vacancies for a 3 year elected period.

To be a member of PCC you must be over 16, consent to being appointed, have been on the electoral roll for at least 6 months, be confirmed or be ready to prepare for confirmation.

The PCC are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the church and churchyard and the contents of the church. They make representation to the bishop on any matter affecting the welfare of the church, are consulted by the diocese in any instances where a team ministry etc may be proposed and assist the vicar with some aspects of the running of the church and decision making about future potential projects. The PCC meets every second month for a couple of hours.

If you want any further information about any of the offices please let me or one of the Church Wardens know. There are nomination forms at the back of church and are also attached. Nominations for Church Warden MUST be returned to myself before the meeting. Nominations for PCC can be made on the day if not done beforehand.

All of the reports are available as paper or electronic copies.

I'd like to extend a huge thanks to David and Andrew the wardens and all of the PCC for their ongoing support throughout this year. Running a church during Covid with constantly changing expectations and regulations has been challenging to say the least. Particular thanks go to those members of the PCC who were due to retire last March but have extended their term of office for the last 6 months to help keep things running smoothly, it is hugely appreciated.