Wambrook Parish Church

Church Electoral Roll Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Church Electoral Roll?


Why have one?


It is your Parish Church’s register of electors; it is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where the elections take place for:


        a) The Parochial Church Council;

        b) The Parish’s representative(s) on the deanery synod.


Any person entitled to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) may raise any question of Parochial or general Church interest.


When do they take place?


A complete renewal of the electoral roll takes place every six years, when everyone has to re-apply, as no names are carried over into the new roll. The last complete renewal at Wambrook took place in 2013 and the next complete renewal will take place in 2019.


Can I join in the intervening years?  


Yes, any person subsequently wishing to join after this complete renewal of the roll, is given the opportunity before the next Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). This is known as the Revision of the Church Electoral Roll. If you already on the roll, you do not need to re apply during this period.


When can I join?


You may join the roll at anytime. Application forms can be downloaded from our downloads page. Completed forms can be sent or handed to the Church Electoral Roll Officer, who will submit the application for approval at the next regular P.C.C. meeting. New names will then be added to the Roll during the annual revision period. This revision period precedes the A.P.C.M. (Usually in April). Please see the Church and community notice boards for the roll revision timetable.


Can I check the revised list?


Yes, the revised list will then be posted for a period of not less fourteen days before the APCM  for members to check for any errors which will be corrected. Please note that no additions are allowed during this period.


What difference does it make?


By enrolling you become a voting member of the Church of England and so help to ensure that all the synodical councils of the Church, the Parochial Church Council, the deanery synod, the diocesan synod and the General Synod - are fully representative of it’s members.


Synodical government gives an opportunity for partnership between bishops, clergy and laity in the life of the Church:


First, the system is intended to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to play their part in decision making.


Secondly, the system is intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of Church life, including it’s doctrine and services.


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