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Could you serve God and St. John’s as a PCC member, Churchwarden, or Deanery Synod rep?

Read on to find out more about these roles, and how you can help St. John’s forwards in our mission and ministry.

The St. John’s Annual meeting for 2020 is on Monday 19th October at 7:30 p.m. In the meeting we shall elect churchwardens PCC members, Deanery Synod members, and review our church life and finances.

The meeting will be held on Zoom, and we hope to be find a way for those without internet to join in as well.

You can read the Annual Report here Annual Report

What is the PCC?

The Parochial Church Council is the main committee that governs our parish life and our church life at St. John’s.

At our meetings we read the Bible and pray. And then we might discuss our church services, evangelism and outreach, pastoral care, programme of events, children’s and youth work, staffing, finances, buildings, mission links, group life, policies, etc.

Occasionally we have to make decisions and sometimes we vote about things. PCC members are elected for three years, and may then be elected for a further three.

The PCC has a chair (James D-S), and about 25 members; it has a secretary, a treasurer, and a standing committee. We normally have about five PCC meetings each year.

Read about Lin Hann’s experience of being a member of the PCC at the bottom of this page.

What is the Deanery Synod?

The Yeovil Deanery consists of six C. of E. churches in Yeovil and 19 churches in surrounding villages.

Each church elects at least one person to represent them at the Deanery Synod, and since we are a larger church, we elect four. The Deanery Synod meets three times a year. The Deanery is led by James D-S who is Area Dean, and Val Barker who is Lay Dean.

The Synod helps us to connect with and pray for other churches around. Elections happen every three years. If you are elected to the Deanery Synod, you are automatically on our own PCC as well, with full voting rights. Deanery Synod members are elected for three years.

What is a Churchwarden?

Churchwardens are senior laypeople in the leadership of the church.

They support the clergy with prayer and advice, suggestions and feedback. They help to care for the congregation, and encourage people in their Christian faith. They co-operate with the Rector in promoting the pastoral, evangelistic, and social aspects of church life. Along with the church staff and PCC, they oversee various tasks and responsibilities for the church’s services, buildings, and ministries. It is a spiritual leadership with a practical aspect.

Churchwardens are elected for one year at a time, and do not usually serve for more than six years.

Who should stand for election?

For any of the above posts, you need to be committed to Christ, committed to our church, and able to join in conversations about money, buildings, and church life. It’s not about getting your own
way or making your point; you need to be able to listen and understand other people’s ideas, as well as saying what you think. You do not have to be an expert, a theologian, or a perfect Christian!

You should be committed to prayer (privately, at First Wednesday, in a Fellowship Group or a prayer triplet), committed to God’s word, and committed to supporting James and Ben and the church staff.

PCC member Lin Hann writes about her experience of joining the PCC

I know that many people reading this will have been very familiar with what the PCC is and does but some of you may be like me when I came to St John’s five years ago. Having not been in an Anglican Church before, I discovered a whole new language. Praise God for Google and the Church of England website.

I have to confess that I found myself on the PCC before fully understanding what it does. People have been very gracious at explaining things to me over the last three years and I no longer need Google to tell me what a “Faculty” is.

I would endorse what James says about the PCC. You need to be committed to Christ, committed to our church, and able to join in conversations about money, buildings, and church life. However it is a real privilege to serve Christ and the church in this way. It is an invaluable way of getting to know how the church works, our values and vision. It is also a real opportunity to listen and understand other people’s ideas, as well as saying what you think. I didn’t say much at all for the first couple of meetings while I found my feet but now I am very happy to offer a view or ask a question. It has been very important to take time to pray things through in advance of the meetings and sometimes talk with people and again it has been a privilege to do so.

Whether you have been at St John’s for a long time or are relatively new, I would strongly recommend serving the church by standing for election on the PCC.

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