Parochial Church Council
The Parochial Church Council is the governing body of St Saviour’s and is also legally constituted as a charity and so must comply with all other charity laws.
Led by the Vicar, the PCC is the lay leadership of the church. Together they are responsible for the overall wellbeing, practical and spiritual, of the church members, and the church buildings. The PCC also has a duty to promote the mission of the church within the wider community - pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.
Although some of the responsibilities are devolved to the Vicar and Churchwardens, 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 Vicar chairs the PCC, and also the Standing Committee to deal with business between meetings and plan the agenda for the full PCC meeting. At St Saviour’s, the Standing Committee acts also as the Finance Committee and includes the elected officers - Churchwardens, Secretary, Treasurer and the Lay Chair.
The PCC annually appoints a treasurer to manage the day to day finances of the parish and report to each PCC meeting. PCC members are Trustees of a charity and are responsible for managing the Church’s finances. They must ensure that all funds are properly accounted for, the books properly maintained, and the PCC annual accounts inspected or audited, and formally approved by the PCC, prior to the APCM.
In law, the PCC is a body corporate. This means that it is a separate body from the people who serve on it so PCC members are not personally liable for any debts incurred by the PCC. However, the trustees do have certain responsibilities under the Charities Act. The PCC is responsible for the care and maintenance of the fabric of the church building.
The PCC is required by law to meet at least four times a year, though St Saviour’s PCC meets more frequently.