Church Governance

The structure of the Church of England is quite complex.  The Church of England is divided into Dioceses. St Mary's is part of the Diocese of Guildford.  The Diocese is divided into Deaneries and we are in the Godalming Deanery. At each level of governance there is a Synod (an assembly of the clergy and laity representatives).  The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is nominated and elected by church members (those on the Electoral Roll).   The PCC have representatives who serve on the Deanery Synod.

At St Mary's the PCC share the leadership, governance and duty of care with the Rector and Churchwardens. They are responsible for both the tangible and the intangible - the tangible being the building, the church room, the church yard and the finances; the intangible are worship, vision and mission, youth and children's work and the links with St Mary's school. All PCC members have a personal responsibility to upload the vision of the church: to know Christ better and to make Christ better known.  They undertake to lead by example, to take responsibility for their growth in faith and to come closer to Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer and worship.  PCC members are 'elders' of the church; mature and commited Christians who take their own faith seriously and share responsibility with the clergy to proclaim the good news afresh to every generation.  

The PCC members serve for a three year term of office and are elected at the Annual Church Meeting usually held in April. Our 'Getting to Know your PCC booklet' is currently under revision.

Now that we are in Vacancy (a period of time without a Rector) the Diocese, PCC and Churchwardens are working hard to ensure that St Mary's is looked after. For more information on the process please read this leaflet from our Archdeacon Paul Davies.

 If you are interested to find out more about the structure of the Church of England see 'The CofE - Episcopally Led, Synodically Governed'.