The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the group that manage the running of St John’s Church. Their legal duties are to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish; cooperating with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical; and considering and discussing matters to do with the wider Church of England.

All activities carried out in connection with St John’s are under the responsibility of the PCC – including Church Services, fundraising events, children’s groups, social events etc.

Within Churt, the PCC meet every two months to discuss the running of the church. In addition, an annual Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) are held at the end of April to review the previous year, and to elect new members.

The current members can be found on our Who’s Who page


The voting members of the PCC are formed from a variety of people; and are a mixture of elected and ex-officio members:

The Incumbents of the parish (Resident Minister and Benefice Vicar)

Licensed by the Diocesan Bishop to oversee the running of the local church.


Elected by the people of the parish each year. Their primary duties are to co-operate with the minister and to represent the laity, but they also have several other legal duties.

Deanery Synod Representatives

Elected at the APCM every 3 years. They represent the parish at the deanery synod (a forum for local Church of England churches), as well as represent the synod at PCC meetings.

Elected Members

Elected at the APCM every 3 years (with 1/3 being re-elected each year). They are a broad cross section of the church and represent the electorate to the PCC.


There are also some positions within the PCC which are typically filled by non-voting members:

Independent Examiner

Appointed by the PCC each year to examine the annual financial accounts

PCC Secretary

Appointed by the PCC every 3 years, to collate agendas and minutes, and to administer the general paperwork for PCC Meetings, Vestry Meetings, and APCM.


Appointed by the PCC every 3 years, to adminster the church finances, including producing reports and coordinating with the Independent Examiner each year to produce and submit financial reports.

Electoral Roll Officer

Appointed by the PCC every 3 years, to keep the Electoral Roll up to date, and to revise the roll every six years

Safeguarding Officer

Appointed by the PCC every 3 years, to oversee and coordinate the PCC’s responsibilities associated with Safeguarding.