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Join the PCC and help St Peter's


Are you a newly appointed member of a PCC, or someone who is considering standing for election but would like to know more about the roles and responsibilities of membership?

If the answer to either question is yes, then click here for a booklet that we hope will answer any questions or concerns you might have, and help you to enjoy your time as a member. 

If it does not answer all your questions please contact us on 0161 928 3374 or click here to email the Parish Office.


Download a PCC Nomination Form here



The Parochial Church Council is the governing body of a parish church. It is also a charity. A PCC with an annual income of more than £100,000 must be registered with the Charity Commissioners; those with an income below this threshold, whilst not currently required to register, must comply with all other charity laws.  The PCC has legal status and the Church Representation Rules apply.



The PCC is a team made up of members of clergy and lay members of the church. Together they are responsible for the overall wellbeing, practical as well as spiritual, of their church, the church members, and the church buildings. The PCC also has a duty to promote the mission of the church within the wider community.  Some of the responsibilities are devolved to the Minister and Churchwardens but to quote from the Parochial Church Council (Powers) Measure 1956 section 2 ‘It shall be the duty of the minister and the PCC to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish’. Members of the PCC have the right to be consulted, to know what is proposed, and to have the opportunity to express an opinion on it.  The Minister is Chairman of the PCC though he may on occasion ask another member to chair a particular meeting. A treasurer, a secretary and vice-chairman will usually be elected to office at its first meeting after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  The PCC will also appoint a standing committee, typically the Minister as chair, the churchwardens, the treasurer and two elected members.


The Deanery Synod is a partnership between bishops, clergy and lay people creating a 'government by discussion'.  It is made up of the house of clergy and the house of laity.  The Deanery Synod has at least one lay representative from each parish, in the case of St Peter's we have five representatives who are elected for three years by the APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting).  Lay representatives report prceedings of Deanery Synod at the PCC meetings.  Cick here for more information about being a Deanery Synod Representative. Should you be intested please contact Revd Karen Stanton on 0161 928 4182.