APCMs and Electoral Rolls

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Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCMs)

The APCM for 2024 must take place between 1 January and 31 May 2024.  Information and advice regarding the APCM and the Revision of the Electoral Roll are given below:

2024 APCM timetable | PDF

Bishop’s Instrument no3. (1 January 2022) | PDF

Forms for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting can be found below and on the Parish Resources website. Again, versions are provided in both Word and PDF. The word files can more easily be edited locally.

  • Form for advertising the APCM | PDF | DOCX
  • Form for notice for election of churchwardens | PDF | DOCX
  • Form for nomination of Churchwardens | PDF | DOCX 
  • Form for nomination of PCC members | PDF | DOCX
  • Form for notification of APCM results | PDF | DOCX
  • Form for nomination of Deanery Synod members | PDF | DOCX | (if required to fill Casual Vacancies in 2023)

Electoral Roll

The next renewal of the Electoral Roll will be in 2025.

Deanery Synod Elections

Each parish must elect representatives to serve on the Deanery Synod.  This normally takes place at the parish’s Annual Meeting. The number of representatives to be elected is directly related to the total number of people certified as being on the parish’s Electoral Roll at the relevant Annual Meeting.

The period of office for lay members of the Deanery Synods is for three years commencing on 1 June following their election.

Admission of Churchwardens

For more information please refer to the Visitations page here.

Articles of Enquiry

For more information please visit here.

Parish Returns

For more information please visit here.

Need help with all the timescales and deadlines? 

If you need assistance thinking through all the timescales and deadlines for the Annual Meetings, use this spreadsheet. All you have to do is put the date of your APCM and AMP in the relevant cell and the formulas will calculate the rest and tell you what you need to do by when. 

Further information

Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 | Weblink

The Measure passed by the National Assembly of the Church of England which sets out the responsibilities and duties of the PCC. 

Church Representation Rules | Weblink

This is the full text of the New 2020 Church Representation Rules.  Copies can be purchased from Church House Publishing for £9.99. 

Charities and Meetings | Weblink

The Charity Commission guidance on the law and good practice of charity meetings. For the rules, regulations and guidance for Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCMs) please visit

Parish Resources | Weblink

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