Sunday, 3 March 2013
The Electoral Roll is the Church's equivalent of the civil Electoral Register, and lists everyone who is entitled to vote on church matters. Every six years, every parish is required by law to prepare a new Electoral Roll, and 2013 is a year in which complete revision is required. Inclusion in a new Electoral Roll is not automatic. Everyone must apply to be included, even if they are on the existing Electoral Roll. Joining the Church Electoral Roll means that people can vote on Church matters, attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and stand for election to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).
You can apply to be on the parish Electoral Roll if you meet all of the following criteria:
1. You are a lay person (ie not an ordained priest)
2. You have been baptised
3. You are one of the following:
a) a member of the Church of England
b) a member of a Church in communion with the Church of England
c) a member in good standing of a Church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity (not being in communion with the Church of England) and also prepared to declare yourself to be a member of the Church of England having habitually attended public worship during the six months prior to enrolment
4. You are at least 16 years of age
5. You are resident in the parish, or if not resident in the parish, have habitually attended public worship in the parish during a six month period prior to enrolment
6. You have completed an Application for Enrolment form
Please consider enrolling yourself on the new Electoral Roll and giving yourself the opportunity to take part in the running of the church (although this isn't compulsory!). Application forms are available in church, at the Post Office or can be downloaded here.
Please return your completed forms to either of the churchwardens, at a service, or to the Post Office, by the end of March.