Parochial Church Council (PCC)

A Parochial Church Council 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.

Legally the PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, and for promoting the mission of the church.

In the long history of the Church of England, the PCC is a relatively recent invention. Until the early years of the 20th century the administration and finances of a parish were the legal responsibility of the incumbent and the churchwardens. The members of congregations had little say in the running of the church except in electing the churchwardens. PCCs were first given legal status in 1919. Since then a number of Acts have defined and refined the composition, functions and rights and responsibilities of the PCC.

Rights and duties

The PCC has responsibility for a whole range of things including the care, maintenance and insurance of the church and its contents and the care and maintenance of the churchyard, responsibility for the conduct of the financial affairs of the parish, rights regarding women priests, rights in relation to church appointments, functions in relation to church services etc.

It largely discharges its responsibility for the financial affairs of the parish by the appointment of a treasurer, but this does not absolve it of ultimate responsibility.

Functions

  • co-operation with the parish priest in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical;
  • the consideration and discussion of matters concerning the Church of England or
    any other matters of religious or public interest, but no the declaration of the doctrine of the Church on any question;
  • making known and putting into effect any provisions made by the diocesan synod
    or the deanery synod, but without prejudice to the powers of the council on any
    particular matter;
  • giving advice to the diocesan synod and the deanery synod on any matter referred
    to the council;
  • raising such matters as the council consider appropriate with the diocesan synod or deanery synod.

Members of the PCC

Fr. Gregory Lipovsky

Fr. Gregory Lipovsky

Chair

Katherine Harrison

Katherine Harrison

Treasurer

Shelagh Hansford

Shelagh Hansford

Member

Anne Mullis

Anne Mullis

Churchwarden

Fr. Tony Ball

Fr. Tony Ball

Assistant Priest

June Hornby

June Hornby

Member

Robert Pask

Robert Pask

Member

Gary Clothier

Gary Clothier

Churchwarden

Fr. Bruce Dixon

Fr. Bruce Dixon

Assistant Priest

Andrew Hutchings

Andrew Hutchings

Member

Patricia Perry

Patricia Perry

Member

Gill Cox

Gill Cox

PCC Secretary

Mary Blakeman

Mary Blakeman

Member

Ann Isbell

Ann Isbell

Member

GOD OUR FATHER, send your Holy Spirit upon the people of this parish. Give us a greater love for all. Make us more compassionate for the sick, the lonely, and all in need, more zealous in mission, and more generous in our giving. Help each one of us to know what we ought to do, and give us strength and courage faithfully to do it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Parish Prayer

St Paul's

St Paul’s is a lively, forward-looking Anglican church in the Catholic tradition. We are affiliated to the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda and our PCC has passed the resolution seeking episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

We are part of the diocese of Salisbury and the Deanery of Weymouth and Portland. We maintain very close links with our Voluntary Aided School, Beechcroft St. Paul’s. 

Get in touch

58 Abbotsbury Road

Weymouth

DT4 0BJ

01305 771217

stpweymouth@gmail.com

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