Church Representation and Ministers Measure 2019

Publication Date:January 01, 2019
 
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Church Representation and Ministers Measure 2019

2019 No. 1

A Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England to make provision about Church representation and ministers.

[04 July 2019]

Church Representation

Church Representation

S-1 Church Representation Rules

1 Church Representation Rules

(1) For Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 (the Church Representation Rules) substitute the Schedule 3 contained in Schedule 1 to this Measure.

(2) In section 7 of that Measure (power to make Church Representation Rules), after subsection (1) insert—

()“(1A) A resolution under this section may include transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the commencement of a provision of the resolution.

()(1B) A resolution under this section may include consequential provision, including provision which amends, or which repeals or revokes a provision of, a Measure or an instrument made under a Measure.”

(3) Schedule 2 to this Measure (which contains consequential amendments) has effect.

(4) Schedule 3 to this Measure (which contains transitional provisions and savings) has effect.

Ministers

Ministers

S-2 Admission to holy orders

2 Admission to holy orders

The General Synod may make provision by Canon for the bishop of a diocese to admit a person into Holy Orders if the bishop is satisfied that the person is to be provided with an office to be held under Common Tenure in the diocese.

Final

Final

S-3 Short title, commencement and extent

3 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Measure may be cited as the Church Representation and Ministers Measure 2019.

(2) This section comes into force on the day on which this Measure is passed.

(3) The preceding provisions of this Measure come into force on such day as the Archbishops of Canterbury and York may by order jointly appoint; and different days may be appointed for different purposes.

(4) The Archbishops of Canterbury and York may by order jointly make transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the commencement of a provision of this Measure.

(5) The power to make an order under subsection (3) or (4) is exercisable by statutory instrument; and the Statutory Instruments Act 1946 applies as if the order had been made by a Minister of the Crown and as if this Measure were an Act of Parliament.

(6) This Measure extends to the whole of the provinces of Canterbury and York, but extends to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man only in accordance with the following provisions of this section.

(7) This Measure may be applied to the Channel Islands, or either of them, in accordance with the Channel Islands (Church Legislation) Measures 1931 and 1957; and a reference in this section to the Channel Islands or either of them has the same meaning as a reference in those Measures to the Islands or either of them.

(8) If an Act of Tynwald or an instrument made under an Act of Tynwald so provides, the provisions of this Measure extend to the Isle of Man subject to such exceptions, adaptations or modifications as are specified in the Act or instrument.

SCHEDULES

SCHEDULE 1

Sections 4 and 7

New Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969

SCHEDULE 3 Sections 4 and 7

Sections 4 and 7

Church Representation Rules

Part 1

Church electoral roll

Rules 1 to 10

Part 2

Parish governance

Rules 11 to 13

Part 3

Deanery synods

Rules 14 to 28

Part 4

Diocesan synods

Rules 29 to 45

Part 5

House of Laity of the General Synod

Rules 46 to 56

Part 6

Appeals

Rules 57 to 61

Part 7

Disqualification etc.

Rules 62 to 71

Part 8

Miscellaneous

Rules 72 to 84

Part 9

Parish governance: Model Rules

Rules M1 to M42

Section A

Annual parochial church meeting

Rules M1 to M14

Section B

Parochial church council

Rules M15 to M36

Section C

Joint council

Rules M37 to M42

Part 10

Forms

Part 11

Index

PART 1

Church electoral roll

SCH-1.1

1

(1) In every parish there must be a church electoral roll (referred to in these Rules as “the roll”) on which the names of lay persons are entered in accordance with this Part of these Rules.

(2) A lay person is entitled to have his or her name on the roll of a parish if he or she—

(a)

is baptised,

(b)

is aged 16 or over (but see paragraph (7)),

(c)

has made one of the following three declarations, and

(d)

has duly applied for enrolment on Form 1.

(3) The first declaration is a declaration that the person—

(a)

is a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it, and

(b)

is resident in the parish.

(4) The second declaration is a declaration that the person—

(a)

is a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it,

(b)

is not resident in the parish, but

(c)

has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.

(5) The third declaration is a declaration that the person—

(a)

is a member in good standing of a Church which is not in communion with the Church of England but subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity,

(b)

is also a member of the Church of England, and

(c)

has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.

(6) A person who is entitled under this Rule to have his or her name on the roll of more than one parish is entitled to have his or her name on the roll of each of those parishes; but the following provisions specify purposes for which the person is required to choose one of those parishes—

(a)

Rule 16(2) (membership of the house of laity of a deanery synod);

(b)

Rule 33(6) (additional members of diocesan synod nominated by bishop);

(c)

Rule 36(4) (eligibility for election to diocesan synod);

(d)

Rule 50(8) (eligibility for election by diocesan electors);

(e)

Rule M8(2) (eligibility for election as parochial representative of laity);

(f)

Rule M15(6) or (7) (membership of PCC).

(7) Where a lay person, who is going to become 16 after a revision of the roll or the preparation of a new roll is complete but before the date of the annual parochial church meeting, duly applies for enrolment on Form 1, the enrolment may take effect on the person’s 16th birthday.

(8) The roll of a parish must be kept and revised—

(a)

by the PCC, or

(b)

by the electoral roll officer under the direction of the PCC.

(9) Where a new parish is created by a pastoral scheme by the union of two or more former parishes, the roll of the new parish is in the first instance to consist of the rolls of the former parishes combined to form a single roll.

(10) In any other case where a new parish is created by a pastoral scheme, the roll of the new parish is in the first instance to consist of the name of every person who—

(a)

on the date when the new parish comes into existence, has his or her name on the roll of a parish the whole or part of which forms part of the new parish, and

(b)

is resident in the new parish or has habitually attended public worship there.

(11) The roll of a parish must, where practicable, specify the address of every person whose name is on it; but a failure to specify an address does not affect the validity of the entry.

(12) Where a person has provided an email address on Form 1, the roll must specify that email address.

(13) A copy of the roll of a parish must be made available for inspection, on a reasonable request being made to the PCC; and the copy made available for inspection must include every name entered on the roll but no other personal data.

SCH-1.2

2

(1) The name of a person who is entitled to have his or her name on the roll of a parish must, subject to these Rules, be added to the roll.

(2) If additions are made to the roll, the electoral roll officer must report them at the next meeting of the PCC.

(3) A list of the names added, but no other personal data, must be made available for inspection, on a reasonable request being made to the PCC.

SCH-1.3

3

(1) The roll of a parish must be revised annually, except in a year in which a new roll is prepared (as to which, see Rules 6 and 7).

(2) Notice of the proposed revision must be given on Form 2 and displayed by or under the direction of the minister—

(a)

in the case of the parish church or, where there is more than one church in the parish, each of those churches, on or near the principal door, and

(b)

in the case of each building in the parish licensed for public worship, in a location readily visible to members of the congregation.

(3) The notice under paragraph (2) must remain on display for at least 14 days before the proposed revision begins.

(4) In a case where the minister is absent or incapacitated by illness or for some other reason or where there is nobody who is the minister within the meaning of these Rules (see Rule 83(1)), the minister’s function under this Rule is to be carried out by—

(a)

the vice-chair of the PCC, or

(b)

if there is not a vice-chair or the vice-chair is unable or unwilling to act, the secretary of the PCC or some other person appointed by the PCC.

SCH-1.4

4

(1) On each revision of the roll of a parish—

(a)

every addition to the roll since the previous revision (or, if there has not yet been a revision of the roll, since the formation of the roll) must be reviewed and any further additions must be made as necessary, and

(b)

a person’s name must be removed from the roll in each of the following cases.

(2) The first case is where the person has died.

(3) The second case is where the person has become a clerk in Holy Orders.

(4) The third case is where the person has stated in writing the wish to have his or her name removed.

(5) The fourth case is where the person was not entitled to have his or her name entered on the roll at the time it was entered.

(6) The fifth case is where the person—

(a)

has ceased to reside in the parish,

(b)

has not continued to habitually attend public worship in the parish during any period of six months, and

(c)

has not been prevented from doing so by illness or other sufficient cause.

(7) The sixth case is where the...

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