Annual Parochial Church Meetings


Church Representation Rules

New Church Representation Rules came into force on 1st January 2020. These are an important tool for all those involved in parochial, diocesan and national Church governance.  A helpful summary of the changes is attached below, or can be found at 
An electronic version of the full 2020 edition is available at .  It presents an entirely new text of the Church Representation Rules, replacing the previous Rules established in 1969 and amended numerous times over the following fifty years. 


The new Rules aim to simplify local church governance and enable parishes to adapt the rules to best serve ministry and mission in their contexts.

In addition, the new Rules are also designed:

• to be compliant with recent data protection legislation
• to provide for electronic communication
• to ensure better representation of mission initiatives in the Church’s structures
• to enable PCCs to do business by correspondence.


Parish Resources
Resources for parishes including forms for Annual Parochial Church Meetings can be found on the Parish Resources website at this link:


All the latest CofE information about the coronavirus can be found here on a new section of the Diocesan website, plus there are examples of churches in action across our diocese – be that their livestreaming of services or stories of positive community action.

Instrument Extending Period of Office for Post Holders
The Diocesan Bishop can exercise powers (under section 10 of the Churchwardens Measure 2001 and rule 78 of the Church Representation Rules 2020) 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.   The Bishop of Leeds has signed an Instrument under these conditions to extend the period of office of current churchwardens, PCC members and deanery synod lay members until later in the year.  A copy of the Instrument can be found below.

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