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PCC resources

Essential resources for your Parochial Church Council, including advice on fundraising, building projects, community events, going into an interregnum and more.

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Running the PCC

Ten tips to improve your PCC meeting

Always have refreshments - and other tips for a more effective parochial church council, by Mark Tanner


So, are PCCs allowed to meet without meeting?

In light of COVID-19, David Lamming considers the legal questions that now arise for the Church of England’s government at all levels


Top 5 tips for a healthy PCC/clergy relationship

John Davies looks at how to prevent clergy-PCC relationships’ becoming a tug of war


Combining PCCs: Small can work well together

With rising numbers of small rural congregations, the trend is to combine PCCs. Pat Ashworth hears how it works in one benefice



Dealing with a crisis

5 potential PCC crises, and how to manage them

What to do when the PCC is faced with a financial crisis, a bad-news story, a serious pastoral breakdown, a safeguarding situation or an act of God


In case disaster strikes

Understanding church insurance


When facing a financial crisis, get back to basics

Maggie Durran assesses your options when the PCC reserves are used up




Applying for a grant? Stand out from the rest

How do you give your grant application the best chance? Advice was solicited by Rebecca Paveley


Ten commandments for fund-raisers

Thou shalt always say thank you: after being involved in large fund-raising ventures during his ministry, Michael Higgins advice for fund-raisers


Top 25 fundraising ideas for churches

A competition run with Ecclesiastical Insurance to find the best fund-raising ideas has turned up many great ideas. To inspire your own efforts, here are the top 25


When to employ a professional fundraiser

Ted Harrison assesses the value of professional fund-raisers and project managers to churches


How to prepare a fundraising bid

What to do (and what not to do) to make sure your application to stands out



Mission and ministry

Start at the very beginning

Struggling to attract or keep children and their families? Margaret Pritchard Houston advises on developing a ministry from scratch


Want children in church? Put them in charge

They ought to be included in every aspect of church life, argues Margaret Pritchard Houston


The power of friendship in old age

As people age, loneliness can become a serious problem. Huw Spanner considers church efforts to combat this


A service in the churchyard

Part of our Lent series on imaginative and practical ways of using church property, Helen Sammon describes the development of a churchyard service as a mission opportunity


Breaking eggs for more than omelettes

In our series on imaginative initiatives, Tricia Temple-Crowe describes the birth of the Blakeney Breakfast


How rural churches are fighting stereotypes of neglect and decline

Talk of the rural Church often turns to shrinking congregations in crumbling buildings. But, as Tim Wyatt finds out, there are signs of new life



Building work

Making the building greener: inspiration from the Green Church awards

Green building projects from Wiltshire, Gloucester, Cornwall and London


Managing reordering work during an interregnum

Keeping your building project on track through a vacancy and after a new appointment


Restoration work is life-giving

It can provide missional opportunities — and be a lot of fun, says Judith Ayers


When do building works need a faculty?

Requirements for building works, repairs and regular maintenance


Choosing the right heating system for your church

Underfloor, forced-air or radiator?



More PCC resources

Allowing a film crew into your church: what to ask

Welcoming a film or TV company can bring rewards — and not just financial ones, explains Stephen Brown


Surviving a parish interregnum

An interregnum can prompt valuable reflection on maintenance, leadership, and purpose, says Noreen Wainwright


Cartoon: The PCC Meeting

Dave Walker maps out your PCC


Two and a half cheers for PCCs?

A century after the parochial church council gained legal powers, Christopher Hill reflects on its past, present, and future



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Resources available from Church House Bookshop

Find PCC essentials including APCM forms and Representation Rules, as well as useful guides and handbooks, at www.chbookshop.co.uk/features/pcc-essentials.



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