Parochial Parish Council (PCC)

Our current list of PCC members for 2023/24 is as follows:

  • Revd Jane Mitchell - Vicar, PCC chair and Worship link

  • Peter Blick - Church Warden, Church Safeguarding Officer (SO) Treasurer


  • Merilyn Christian-Edwards - Licenced Lay Minister

  • Claire Davies - Children and Familes  BCM Worship

  • Hazel Gillett – Children and Families team. Hospitality team

  • Alison Hall – Care and Growth Team  BCM  Church without walls

  • Andrea Janesson  Eco Church Team

  • Geraldine Hawkes - PCC  Secretary ,Communications team and Finance team (Payments) 

  • Stuart Mitchell - Deanery Rep, Buildings Team 

  • Taiwo Ogunjimi –Worship BCM 


  • Lesley Willey - Finance team (payments) and Hospitality  and Mission link

  • Ellie John - Co-opted PCC member  from 18 Nov 2023

  • Rev Kevin Smith-  Part time Curate - not able to attend meetings. 

Standing Committee:

Jane Mitchell

Peter Blick

Geraldine Hawkes

Taiwo Ogunjimi

Claire Davies


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 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. 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. The PCC secretary posts the minutes of meetings on the notice board  after each meeting and PCC  papers are available on request via the church office. 

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 incumbe

Source:  CPAS PCC Tonight information.