The Church of England - Diocese of Chichester
The Parish and Priory Church of
The Parochial Church Council or PCC works with our Vicar, the Rt Revd R David Farrer, to promote the mission of St Nicholas' Church - spiritual, pastoral, social and ecumenical.
The PCC consists of certain ex-officio members (for example the Vicar, churchwardens and deanery synod members) and up to fifteen members of the Church who are elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).
The Objectives of the PCC
The main objectives of the PCC are:
to oversee, with our Vicar, Fr David, the work of the Parish, both spiritual and pastoral;
to develop links in the wider community;
to maintain the church building; and
to oversee Church finances.
The PCC is also responsible for a wide range of matters affecting the parish, including compliance with health and safety and disability legislation and child protection.
In their capacity as trustees, members of the PCC are responsible for the stewardship of funds and for the appropriate accounting and reporting of the parish finances.
PCC Committee Structure
The PCC has five key reporting committees.
1) Standing Committee This is the only committee required by law. It has the power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the full PCC. The members of this committee are the Incumbent, the Churchwardens and the Treasurer.
2) The Fabric Committee
This attends to matters relating to the fabric and maintenance of the church building and its fixtures and furnishings.
3) The Finance Committee
This committee oversees the general financial aspects of the work of the Parish by monitoring income and expenditure, by budgeting, and by establishing and reviewing appropriate financial controls. The Finance Committee co-ordinates the annual review of the Christian Stewardship of money through planned giving.
4) The Mission and Renewal Committee
This committee aims to further the mission of the Church both in the locality and at a wider level. The committee also seeks to foster an increased awareness of the spiritual life of the congregation. It is responsible for healing ministry, enabling bible and prayer groups, welcoming newcomers, working with young people in our community, planning Quiet Days, Retreats, and Parish Weekends.
The Mission and Renewal Committee includes School Liaison: the Arundel Church of England School is situated within the Parish and historically is linked to St Nicholas' Church. Three PCC members are Governors of the school and their liaison work helps to bring Church and School more closely together through functions such as joint BBQs and other social events. These events encourage staff, children, governors and congregation to meet in an informal way.
Two other groups representing Children and Young People and the Parish's Bavarian Link report to the Mission and Renewal Committee.
5) The Social and Catering Committee This group provides an active social life for the Church promoting fellowship within the congregation and outreach to the wider community.