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Church Governance


Each church is governed by the PCC (Parochial Church Council). Church law gives this group the overall responsibility for 'promoting in the parish the whole mission of the church'. The PCC works very closely with the Vicar and Church Wardens and is made up of representatives who are elected each year at the APCM (Annual Parochial Council Meeting), which took place this year on Sunday 7 April. You can listen to the reports given at that meeting here.
The Book of Reports, with details of everything that has taken place in and around the church over the last 12 months is available here or by clicking on the photo.

What does the PCC do?

PCC stands for Parochial Church Council.  ‘Parochial’ simply means ‘of the parish’ so the PCC is the council of the church in this parish.

Essentially we are the governing body of St Mary’s Church.  Our main aim is to help the church family to carry out its mission as well as possible.

In practice this means we:

  • Meet about once every two months, usually on a Thursday evening. 
  • Prayerfully discuss and approve any major plans or initiatives.
  • Oversee all aspects of the church’s life, including worship, small groups, evangelism, finance, employment of staff, the church’s buildings, links to other organisations, charitable giving, and special events.  We delegate some of these topics to smaller groups who then make recommendations to the PCC.
  • Are the charitable trustees for the church, with the legal responsibilities that that involves.

The Vicar, Assistant Curate, Treasurer and Churchwardens are automatically members. The rest are elected at the APCM by all those who are on the Electoral Roll.

If, having prayed about it, you think you’d be interested in joining the PCC, please have a chat to Hugh, one of the churchwardens, or another PCC members.  If you are 16 years old or over, have been on the electoral roll of your parish for at least 6 months you are invited to stand for election to your PCC.  The main thing is to have a heart for the wellbeing of the church and the wider community, and a desire to see God’s kingdom grow here in Goudhurst, together with a desire to help with the governance and leadership of the church in some way.

If you can’t stand meetings and would rather be doing, instead of discussing and discerning the best way forward for the church, it probably means you wouldn’t enjoy the PCC - but you’d probably be ideal in one of the many teams or small groups that are good at the doing.  If so, have a chat to one of the team leaders, or to Huthrie Copplestone who coordinates the small groups, or to Revd Hugh.  But we also need a group to do the overseeing, and it’s people with a heart for that who should prayerfully consider whether God is calling them to stand for election to the PCC.

Either way, please pray for the PCC, to help lead the church wisely and well.  Thanks very much.

Barney Mayhew, PCC Chair

The PCC membership is currently:
Barney Mayhew (Chair)
Rev Hugh Nelson (Vicar & Vice Chair)
Rev Craig Huxley (Curate)
Caroline Turvey (Lay Minister)
Simon Taurins (Church Warden)
Ali Williams (Church Warden)
Dave Lodge (Treasurer)
Becky Addis (Church Administrator)
Val Martin (Secretary)
Richard Vinton
Tim Wormington
Kat Ogden (Deanery Synod representative)
Catherine Lloyd
James Wickham
Caroline Davis
Helen Taylor
Wes Hinsley


Church Office & Vicar - 01580 211739   hugh.nelson@ymail.com