Annual Parochial Church Meetings

2023 APCMs and APMs deadline

The deadline for holding 2023 APCMs and APMs is 31 May 2023

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 

2023 Electoral Roll form (pdf & Word versions) - available below. 
Return deadline: to the Secretary to the Diocesan Synod ( by no later than 01 July 2023.

2020-2023 Deanery Synod - Parish Lay Representatives elections return form - available below. 

2020 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 


An electronic version of the full 2020 edition is available 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.


All the latest CofE information about the coronavirus can be found here on athe Church of England website.

PCC Training

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


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:

2023 Electoral Roll return form 

2023-2026 Parish Deanery Synod lay members election return form 

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