Parochial Parish Council (PCC)

St Luke’s Sway

Here at St Luke’s we are part of the Church of England, and as such have a particular legal structure that contributes to the leadership of the church. It is called the PCC, which stands for the Parochial Church Council. This leaflet is a brief introduction to the history of PCCs, its role and how it operates.

The PCC is an important body in the life of the church. Please do pray for it (you can pick up a prayer card with all the names of those on the PCC at this time and a number of suggestions for prayer) as it makes decisions which affect the mission and ministry of St Luke’s Sway.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask the church wardens.

The Parish System

A parish is the geographical area committed to the care of an incumbent or parish priest by the Bishop. So everyone in England lives in a parish, whether or not they attend the parish church.

The parish system developed gradually. By the end of the 13th century the country was covered by parishes which have been sub-divided as the population grew.

Each parish has two churchwardens (normally) and a Parochial Church Council.

The role of the PCC

In summary, the PCC exists to co-operate with the minister in sharing leadership of the parish so that we may all:

  • Play our part in God’s mission and ministry in this place.
  • Steward our buildings and churchyard for the furtherance of God’s kingdom.
  • Contribute to the wider life of the Church of England.
  • Conduct ourselves in ways which fulfil best practice in safeguarding, finance, and employment.


PCC members are elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which is held between 1 January and 30 May. Members are elected for 3 years, renewable for a further 3 years. To be eligible you must be over 16, on the electoral roll, baptised, confirmed, a regular communicant and able to legally be a charity trustee. All clergy licensed to the parish, the churchwardens, and any members of the deanery, diocesan or general synods on the electoral roll are ex officio on the PCC. Licenced lay ministers are not automatically members, though they are often elected on.


Our PCC meets approximately 6 times a year, and has a standing committee to carry on routine business between meetings. The PCC secretary posts the agenda and minutes of meetings on the website and notice board before and after each meeting.

What is the PCC responsible for?

Its powers and duties are defined by certain Acts of Parliament and other legislation, principally the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956. It states: ‘It shall be the duty of the incumbent and the Parochial Church Council to consult together on matters of general concern and importance in the parish.’


PCC MEMBERS   for 2021/2  until  APCM  May 2022

  • Sara Banks- PCC Member and Policies advisor
  • Paul Caneparo - Re-imagining Church link and Church Warden
  • Merilyn Christian -Edwards - Licenced Lay Minister
  • Sandra Clarke- PCC Finance link and Church Warden
  • Wendy Collyer -PCC  Eco Church link
  • Jonathan Elliott Jones - PCC link - Social Transformation  - International Mission Link and  Deanery Rep.  
  • Hazel Gillett - PCC member
  • Alison Hall - PCC member
  • Janet Kirk - PCC Discipleship link
  • Stuart Mitchell - PCC Buildings and Fabric link
  • Ed Reeve - Licenced Lay Minisiter
  • Lisa Thomas - PCC Member
  • Lesley Willey - PCC Pastoral and Fellowship Link


Sharon Brien-  PCC Secretary

Church Treasurer:  Vacant but nominated PCC link is Sandra Clarke.