It is obvious that this meeting, scheduled for Pentecost Sunday on 26th April won’t be happening just yet. We have received a message from the Bishop:
As you know, PCC meetings, Annual Parochial Church Meetings, Deanery Synods, etc are suspended. However, The Diocesan Bishop can exercise powers (under section 10 of the Churchwardens Measure 2001 and rule 78 of the CRR) to extend or alter the time for the holding of meetings and elections. The Churchwardens Measure 2001 and the Church Representation Rules stipulate that annual meetings must take place by 31 May each year.
Therefore, Bishop Nick has now signed an Instrument under these conditions to extend the period of office of current churchwardens or PCC members until later in the year.
The key paragraph in the Instrument reads:
“The period for holding the annual parochial church meeting (“APCM”) in the year 2020 is extended to 31st October 2020 (and accordingly, the time for electing parochial representatives of the laity to the deanery synod and to the parochial church council, and for transacting the other business of that meeting, is extended to that date).
We have only fairly recently held the very first APCM since our new parish was created last autumn so perhaps this move is of rather smaller significance to us than it may be to many other parishes.