Joining the electoral roll is an important way of confirming your commitment to St Martin’s community and to the vision of the church. But it also opens up the way for greater involvement in the life of the Church of England, at Deanery, Diocesan and national levels. By joining, you become entitled to participate in the governance of the church and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), where the elections take place for:
· the parochial church council
· 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.
Joining the roll is an important statement of witness and a step along the path of discipleship. With your name on the electoral roll, the strength of the Church can be seen in our local area, and across the Diocese. If you’re a regular at St Martin’s, you should be on the electoral roll!
It is St Martin’s register of electors. In the same way that being on the civic Electoral Roll allows you to vote in parliamentary and local elections and referenda, joining the Church Electoral Roll means that you can vote on Church matters, attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and stand for election to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).
Being on the Electoral Roll does NOT make you a “member” of the Church; simply regarding St Martin’s as your spiritual home does that. Indeed, a condition of joining the Roll is that you are already a “member” of a Church! However it is an important way of confirming your commitment to St Martin’s community and to the vision of the church.
In addition the Electoral Roll is used to help with pastoral care in the church.
· The maximum number of PCC members.
· Representation on the governing bodies of the Church (PCC, Walsall Deanery Synod, Lichfield Diocesan and General Synod).
The Church of England is governed by a synodical system which joins with the Bishops to make decisions. Being on the Electoral Roll is the entry point and Christians share an individual responsibility to be part of the “Body of Christ” and to participate fully in our part of His Church. This system is intended to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to play their part in decision making. Also, the system is intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of church life, including doctrine and services.
You can of course be a full and active member of St Martin’s Church without joining the Roll. Being on the Electoral Roll does not entail signing up to any additional commitments. However, it does show commitment to St Martin’s.
· Stand for election to the PCC or other synodical council (such as the Deanery, Diocesan or General Synod)
· Stand as an officer of the church (Warden, Treasurer, etc)
· Attend the APCM and participate in votes
To apply for the Electoral Roll you must meet ALL the following conditions:
You must be aged 16 or over
You must be a member of the Church of England and EITHER live in the parish OR have attended a church in the parish regularly for at least 6 months.
Be a member in good standing of a Church (not in communion with the Church of England) which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and to have habitually attended public worship in St Martin’s during the period of six months prior to enrolment.
NOTE: you can be on the Electoral Roll of more than one Church, but you can only serve on the PCC of one Church at a time.
Application forms can be found in church.
If your details have changed (for example you have moved home), please inform the Electoral Roll Officer Lilian Turner.