The Electoral Roll
The church’s electoral roll is the register of its voting members. Electoral rolls provide an indication of the real membership and strength of the church. Enrolment is a way of saying….. “I belong”. For us it is an act of commitment to St Matthew and St James’s Church and the Church as a whole. It opens the way for greater involvement in the life of the Church at parish, deanery, diocesan and national levels.
To be eligible for your name to be on it, you should be over 16 and one of the following:
- A member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and resident in the parish.
- A member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and, not being resident in the parish, have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the six months prior to enrolment.
- A member in good standing of a Church (not in communion with the Church of England) which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and also declare yourself to be a member of the Church of England, and have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the period of six months prior to enrolment.
Everybody whose name is on the electoral roll is entitled to attend and vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which is held before the end of April each year. The Parochial Church Council is elected at this meeting. All you have to do is ask for an application form fill it in and hand it in to our Electoral Roll Officer) , any of the sidespersons or the churchwardens. You will then be added to the Roll. If you have any questions or concerns about this form, please approach the Electoral Roll Officer or one of the churchwardens.
Under the terms of the Data Protection Act the information declared on this form will be stored and used only by St Matthew and St James’s Parish Church for internal use. This information will not be passed on to any third party.
People in the church
- If your 16th birthday falls in the next twelve months, you may complete the form and become eligible to be entered on the roll on your birthday.
- The only churches at present in communion with the Church of England are other Anglican Churches and certain foreign churches.
- Every six years a new roll is prepared and those on the previous roll are informed so that they can re-apply. If you are not resident in the parish but were on the roll as an habitual worshipper and have been prevented by sickness or absence or other essential reason from worshiping for the past six months, you may write ‘would’ before ‘have habitually attended’ on the form and add ‘but was prevented from doing so because…’ and then state the reason.
- Membership of the electoral roll is open to members in good standing of a church not in communion with the Church of England which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity where those members are also prepared to declare themselves to be members of the Church of England.
- In this form “parish” means ecclesiastical parish.
Information regarding St Matthew & St James AGM and Electoral Roll
The Annual General Meetings of Parishioners and Parochial Council will take place on Wednesday 21st October at 7pm on Zoom.
This is subject to change under the current Government, Local and Diocese guidelines.
Further information ie agenda, nomination forms, previous minutes & Annual Reports with be circulated in due course.
Updating of the Electoral Roll (Church Membership)
We are updating the electoral roll. If you are over 16 years of age, not yet a member and would like to join the electoral roll you will find an application form attached.
The closing date for new applications was 5th October after this the electoral roll remains closed until after the AGM on 21st October 2020.
If you have any concerns that your information on the current roll is incorrect please contact our Electoral Roll Officer.
Alison can be contacted on 0151 427 8445 or firstname.lastname@example.org