St Bride's: Worship & Ministry

Parochial Church Council

The Role of the Parochial Church Council

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is an executive committee of the parish with powers and duties defined by Acts of Parliament.

The PCC:

  • works with the Rector in promoting the mission of the church. This includes taking forward 'Mission Action Planning' and 'Capital Vision 2020'.

The minister in charge of the parish and the PCC have a duty to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish, and to co-operate in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the church: pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. This includes almost everything to do with the church's work in the parish, and its relationship with the deanery and the diocese.

  • is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the church, churchyard and moveable objects.
  • has overall charge of all expenditure.
  • members are Trustees of the church.

The PCC is a body corporate, which means that it is a separate body from the people who serve on it. PCC members are also trustees, which entails various responsibilities under charity law.

PCC Membership

  • All clerks in Holy Orders beneficed in or licensed to the parish
  • Deacons or lay workers licensed to the parish
  • Readers licensed to the parish, and on the electoral roll of the parish
  • Churchwardens
  • Lay members of the Deanery, Diocesan or General Synod, who are on the electoral roll of the parish, who serve a five year term
  • Lay representatives of the parish elected at the APCM to serve a three year term
  • Co-opted members, clerical or lay (optional)

A list of the current St Bride's PCC membership is given below.
(+) denotes membership of the Standing Committee
(*) denotes the individual attends Standing Committee meetings but is not a member

Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce (+) (Chair)

Assistant curate:
Revd Dr Jeff Lake

Jerry Wright (until 2017) (Vice Chair) (+)
Helen Fraser (until 2018) (+)
Guy Black (until 2019) (+)
Christopher Cottrill (until 2020) (+)

Deanery Synod representatives (to seek re-election in 2017):
Geoffrey Burgess, Ashley Painter (+), Terence Smith, (one vacancy)

Elected members:

To seek re-election in 2017:
Geoffrey Burgess, Chris Cottrill, Eric Davies, Paul Dyson, Peter Longland

To seek re-election in 2018:
Lucy Bowsher, Carole Cox, Valerie Locks, Everarda Slabbekoorn, Ingrid Slaughter

To seek re-election in 2019:
Emmanuel Adeniji, Gerald Bowey, Alasdair Johnstone, Jane McClenahan, Margherita Watt (+)

Co-opted members:
Julie Christie-Webb (Congregation Appeal Chair),
Katharine Wilkinson (Children's Champion)

The following attend meetings but are not members of the PCC:
Christopher Betterton (*) (Secretary), James Irving (*) (Head of Operations), Claire Seaton (Administrator) (Electoral Roll Officer), David Smith (Lay Minister), John Smith (Architect)

Minutes of PCC Meetings