Parochial Church Council (PCC)

The PCC is the executive committee of the parish responsible for financial affairs and the management of assets as well as assisting the clergy in the management of church affairs and the mission of the church.

Parochial Church Council of St Marys Barnard Castle with Whorlton 

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the executive committee of a Church of England parish and consists of Clergy and Churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity. It is a corporate charitable body.

Legally the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the parish and the maintenance of its assets. It also assists the clergy in the management of church affairs in the parish, and promoting the mission of the church. The PCC meets between 8 and 10 times each year to deal with these matters. 

The purpose of our PCC is specifically to promote the whole mission of the church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

The PCC is made up of Clergy (currently the Vicar and the Curate) and elected lay members. The constitution allows for the election of eight lay members in addition of up to three Deanery Representatives. Churchwardens (up to four) also automatically serve on the PCC. Under the Charities Act all members of the PCC are charity trustees.

The Chair of the PCC is the Vicar. The PCC is required to appoint a Treasurer (Robert Stenlake) and a Secretary (David Walker). 

Elections for the PCC take place at the Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM).

PCC Matters

At recent PCC meetings discussions have taken place on 

  • Work to the Eastern window of the North transept.
  • A review of the services provided for Christmas 2020.
  • Services to be provided through lockdown beginning in January 2021.
  • Fundraising and Mission Giving in 2021.
  • Changes to investments
  • Building matters at St Mary’s and at Whorlton Church
  • The development of the church website.
  • The Diocesan strategy
  • Ecochurch
  • Plans for Lent and looking to Holy Week.

PCC Minutes

If you are interested in reading about the work of the PCC in more detail the minutes for the last year are available.  You may also access minutes of the latest APCM held 26th April 2021.