Parochial Church Council – Registered Charity no: 1129251
The PCC meets regularly and is responsible for the running of the church. It decides with the minister the forms and times of worship and promotes the whole mission of the church in the community. The PCC is responsible for paying the parish share and parochial expenses, overseeing the budget, and maintaining and insuring the fabric and furnishings of the church. At the Annual Vestry meeting held each April Churchwardens are elected by the members of the community. The Annual PCC meeting follows with the election of members to the PCC by the members of the Electoral Role. The PCC members then elect our PCC officers.
Burnham and Walsingham Deanery Synod.
Every 3 years 3 lay representatives from our PCC are elected to the Deanery Synod. The minister is a member of Synod’s house of clergy. Our deanery comprises 38 parishes in 10 benefices covering Fakenham, Walsingham, the Burnhams, Wells and the rural surroundings. Deanery Synod is convened 3 times a year by the Rural Dean and lay-chairperson. Deanery Synod receives referrals and reports from Diocesan and General Synods and is able to refer matters to the Diocesan Synod effectively forming the link for communication and decision-making between the parish and the management of the wider church at local, regional and national level. On major issues Deanery Synod may be asked to seek parochial opinion and to vote on a matter. Every 5 years Deanery Synod members elect our representatives for the Diocese to General Synod. A member of General Synod attends Deanery Synod meetings. Under the new TRIO financial arrangements (2014, The Responsibility is Ours) Parish Share is no longer allocated by the Deanery Synod and its Assessor, but assistance is available to benefices facing difficulty apportioning and raising their benefice share allocation both from the Deanery and from the mission support team at Diocesan House.
Norwich Diocesan Synod.
Every 3 years Deanery Synods elect clergy and lay representatives to the Diocesan Synod. Diocesan Synod acts as a regional ‘parliament’ under the leadership of the Bishop of Norwich. Day-to-day operations are managed by the Bishop’s staff (suffragan bishops, archdeacons, cathedral dean and diocesan secretary) along with the Bishop’s Council and the many committees, boards and staff of the diocese who may report to and may consult with Synod. Synod is responsible for the overall provision for the diocese, its finance, and matters referred to it by General and Deanery Synods.
The General Synod is the parliament of the Church of England. Read more about the General Synod on The Church of England website.