Annual Parochial Church Meetings

2024 APCMs and APMs deadline

The deadline for holding 2024 APCMs and APMs is 31 May 2024

Forms for APCMs

Resources for parishes including forms for Annual Parochial Church Meetings can be found on the Parish Resources website at this link:


Forms for Returns after Annual Parochial Church Meetings 

2024 Electoral Roll form - 2024 Electoral Roll return form 

Return deadline: to the Secretary to the Diocesan Synod ( by no later than 01 July each year.

2023-26 Deanery Synod - Lay Representatives casual vacancy election return - 2023-26 Deanery Synod - lay casual vacancy election return form

Return deadline: to the Diocesan Electoral Registration Officer ( and Deanery Synod Secretary by no later than 01 July each year.

2022 Church Representation Rules

New Church Representation Rules came into force on 1st January 2020. These are an important tool for all those involved in parochial, diocesan and national Church governance.  A helpful summary of the changes is attached below, or can be found at It presents an entirely new text of the Church Representation Rules, replacing the previous Rules established in 1969 and amended numerous times over the following fifty years. The new Rules aim to simplify local church governance and enable parishes to adapt the rules to best serve ministry and mission in their contexts. In addition, the new Rules are also designed:

  • to be compliant with recent data protection legislation
  • to provide for electronic communication
  • to ensure better representation of mission initiatives in the Church’s structures
  • to enable PCCs to do business by correspondence.

An electronic version of the full 2022 edition is available at 



PCC Training

Resources for PCC training can be found on the Digital Learning Platform here


Church Warden Training events

We are hosting online training events for Churchwardens across the diocese.

  • Basic training for new churchwardens: Thursday, July 11, 7pm - 9pm
  • Experienced training for churchwardens: Wednesday, October 16, 7pm - 9pm

Please contact the Archdeacon's PA for your episcopal area to book onto this training and to recieve the Zoom link.



Heather Burge, Governance & Elections Lead and Diocesan Electoral Registration Officer, can be contacted with queries about APCMs, APMs and parish, deanery and diocesan elections. Please email:



Powered by Church Edit