What is the Electoral Roll?
It is your parish church's register of electors, the list of those qualified to attend and vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where elections take place for (a) the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and (b) the parish's representatives on the Deanery Synod. Any person entitled to attend the APCM may raise any question of parochial or general church interest. Renewal of the electoral roll takes place in 2019 and will occur every 6 years thereafter. In a year of renewal, no names are carried over from the old roll and everyone must make a new application to be included on the new roll.
What difference does it make?
If you enrol, you become a voting member of the Church of England (CofE) and so help to ensure that all the synod councils of the church - the PCC, the Deanery Synod, the Diocesan Synod, and the General Synod - are fully representative of its members. Synod government gives an opportunity for partnership between bishops, clergy and laity in the life of the Church. First, the system is intended to enable church people at every level to feel that they are in touch with the Church as a whole and can play their part in decision making. Secondly, the laity now have their place in every aspect of church life, including its doctrine and services.
Notes on filling in the application
The only Churches at present in communion with the Church of England are other Anglican Churches and certain foreign Churches.
Membership of the electoral roll is also open to members in good standing of a Church not in communion with the CofE which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity where those members are also prepared to declare themselves to be members of the CofE.
Every 6 years a new roll is prepared and those on the previous roll are informed so that they can re-apply. If you are not resident in the parish but were on the roll as an habitual worshipper and have been prevented by sickness or absence or other essential reason from worshipping for the past 6 months, you may write "would" before "have habitually attended" on the form and add "but was prevented from doing so because..." and then state the reason.
If you have any questions, please approach our Administrator and Electoral Roll Officer, Lesley Lockie, who will be pleased to help you.
In this form "parish" means ecclesiastical parish.
How to join
If you would like to join our Electoral Roll and meet the qualifying requirements above, then please get in contact.
You can also download the form and bring the completed and signed physical copy in to the office for us to process. You can find the form below.
You are also able to now fill out this electronic form, please find the link to the form below.