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Eligibility for PCC membership

05 May 2017


Your answers

The Church Representation Rules state that PCC members must be “actual communicants”. However, if a person who has attended worship most weeks for 40 years, regularly read the lesson, performed sides­persons’ duties, set up for com­munion and cleared up after­wards, is fully involved in the life of the church, but does not, through integrity, receive com­munion, and is offering to serve as a PCC mem­ber, do we really have to refuse him or her?


It puzzles me why someone would want to serve faithfully over a 40-year period as a sidesman and lesson-reader but not receive the holy communion, which is the heart and climax of Christian worship.

As for PCC membership, my recent copy of the Church Repre­senta­tion Rules defines an “actual communicant member” as someone who has received communion according to the rites of the Church of England (or a Church in communion with it) at least three times during the 12 months prior to tak­ing office. There appears to be no specific requirement to communic­ate in the parish where one wishes to hold office if the duties of a com­municant are fulfilled else­where.

It should be pos­sible for someone to be a communi­cant in one parish and hold office in another, but, without knowing the back story, I am mystified about why anyone would want to do that. As they stand, the rules appear to disqualify those who aren’t com­municants at all, but enforcement of the rules is a matter for individual incumbents.
Adrian F. Sunman
South Collingham, Notts


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