Parochial church councils

14. Members

(1) Subject to the provisions of rule 1(4) and paragraph (3) of this rule, the parochial church council shall consist of —

(a) all clerks in Holy Orders beneficed in or licensed to the parish;
(aa) any clerk in Holy Orders who is duly authorised to act as chairman of meetings of the council by the bishop in accordance with paragraph 5(b) of Appendix II to these rules;
(b) any deaconess or lay worker licensed to the parish;
(c) in the case of a parish in the area of a benefice for which a team ministry is established, all the members of the team of that ministry;
(d) the churchwardens, being actual communicant members of the Church of England whose names are on the roll of the parish;
(e) such, if any, of the readers who are licensed to that parish or licensed to an area which includes that parish and whose names are on the roll of the parish, as the annual meeting may determine;
(f) all persons whose names are on the roll of the parish and who are lay members of the diocesan synod or the General Synod;
(g) such number of representatives of the laity as the annual meeting may decide, and so that the number determined may be altered from time to time by a resolution passed at any annual meeting, but such resolution shall not take effect before the next ensuing annual meeting; and
(h) co-opted members, if the parochial church council so decides, not exceeding in number one-fifth of the representatives of the laity elected under the last preceding sub-paragraph of this paragraph or two persons whichever shall be the greater, and being either clerks in Holy Orders or actual lay communicant members of the Church of England of seventeen years or upwards.

The term of office of a co-opted member shall be until the conclusion of the next annual meeting; but without prejudice to his being co-opted on subsequent occasions for a similar term, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of these rules.

(3) A person shall cease to be a member of a parochial church council —

(a) if his name is removed from the roll of the parish under rule 1, on the date on which his name is removed;
(b) if he refuses or fails to apply for enrolment when a new roll is being prepared, on the date on which the new roll is completed;
(c) if he is or becomes disqualified under rule 46A, from the date on which the disqualification takes effect.

but this paragraph shall be without prejudice to any right which that council may have to make that person a co-opted member.

(4) Where a group ministry is established the incumbents of all benefices in the group, every priest in charge of any benefices therein and where the area of the group ministry includes the area of a benefice for which a team ministry is established, all the vicars in that ministry shall be entitled to attend meetings of the parochial church councils of all the parishes in the area for which the group ministry is established. They shall be entitled to receive documents circulated to members of councils of which they are not themselves members and to speak but not vote at meetings of such councils.

(5) Where two or more benefices are held in plurality and a team ministry is, or is to be, established for the area of one of those benefices, then, if a pastoral scheme provides for extending the operation of the team ministry, so long as the plurality continues, to the area of any other benefice so held, paragraphs 1(c) and (4) of this rule shall have effect as if the references to the area of the benefice were references to the combined area of the benefices concerned.

15. General provisions

The provisions in Appendix II to these rules shall have effect with respect to parochial church councils, and with respect to the officers, the meetings and the proceedings thereof:

Provided that a parochial church council may, with the consent of the diocesan synod, vary the said provisions, in their application to the council.

16. Term of office

(1) Subject to the following provisions of these rules, representatives of the laity serving on the parochial church council by virtue of rule 14(1)(g) shall hold office from the conclusion of the annual meeting at which they were elected until the conclusion of the third annual meeting thereafter, one third retiring and being elected each year, but, subject to rule 17, shall on retirement be eligible for re-election.

(2) Where a representative of the laity resigns or otherwise fails to serve for his full term of office the casual vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of his term of office in accordance with rule 48(1).

(3) Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this rule an annual meeting may decide that the representatives of the laity serving by virtue of rule 14(1)(g) shall retire from office at the conclusion of the annual meeting next following their election, but any such decision shall not affect the terms of office as members of the parochial church council of those due to retire from office at the conclusion of an annual meeting held after that at which the decision was taken.

(4) A decision taken under paragraph (3) above shall be reviewed by the annual meeting at least once every six years; and on any such review the annual meeting may revoke the decision, in which case paragraph (1) above shall apply unless and until a further decision is taken under paragraph (3).

(5) Persons who are members of a parochial church council by virtue of their election as lay members of the diocesan synod shall hold office as members of the council for a term beginning with the date of their election and ending with the 31st August next following the election of their successors.

(6) At an annual meeting at which all the representatives of the laity serving by virtue of rule 14(1)(g) are elected to hold office in accordance with paragraph (1) above, lots shall be drawn to decide which third of the representatives is to retire in the first year following that in which the meeting is held, which third is to retire in the second year and which third is to retire in the third year.

17. Limitation on years of service

The annual meeting may decide that no representative of the laity being a member of the parochial church council by virtue of rule 14(1)(g) may hold office after the date of that meetingfor more than a specified number of years continuously and may also decide that after a specified interval a person who has ceased to be eligible by reason of such decision may again stand for election as representative of the laity on the council.

19. Joint parochial church councils

(1) Where there are two or more parishes within the area of a single benefice or two or more benefices are held in plurality, the annual meetings of all or some of the parishes in the benefice or benefices may make a joint scheme to provide —

(a) for establishing a joint parochial church council (hereinafter referred to as "the joint council") comprising the ministers of the parishes and such numbers of representatives of each of those parishes elected by and from among the other members of the parochial church council of the parish as may be specified in the scheme;
(b) for the chairmanship, meetings and procedures of the joint council;
(c) subject to paragraph 20 of Schedule 2 to the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986, for the delegation by the parochial church council of each such parish to the joint council of such of its functions, other than its functions as an interested party under Schedule 2 to the Mission and Pastoral Measure (Isle of Man) 2012 and its functions under section 3 of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993, as may be so specified.

(2) Subject to the scheme and to any pastoral scheme made under paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 to the said Measure and subject to paragraph 20 of Schedule 2 to the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986, the parochial church council of any such parish may delegate to the joint council such of its functions, other than its functions as an interested party under the said Schedule 2 and its functions under section 3 of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993, as it thinks fit.

(3) The joint council shall meet from time to time for the purpose of consulting together on matters of common concern.

(4) No scheme under this rule shall be valid unless approved by at least two-thirds of the persons present and voting at the annual meeting nor shall the scheme provide for it to come into operation until such date as the standing committee of the diocesan synod may determine being a date not later than the next ensuing annual meeting. Every such scheme shall on its approval be communicated to the said standing committee which may determine —

(a) that the scheme shall come into operation; or
(b) that the scheme shall not come into operation; or
(c) that the scheme shall come into operation with specified amendments, if such amendments are approved by an annual or special parochial church meeting and the scheme as amended is approved by at least two-thirds of the persons present and voting at that meeting.

(5) A special parochial church meeting of a parish to which this rule applies may be convened for the purpose of deciding whether to join in making such a scheme, and where such a meeting is convened the foregoing provision shall have effect with the substitution for references to the annual meeting of references to the special meeting.

(6) Where a pastoral scheme or order, or any instrument of the bishop made by virtue of such a scheme or order, establishes a joint parochial church council for two or more of the parishes in a single benefice or two or more of the parishes in benefices held in plurality, no scheme under this rule relating to those parishes shall provide for the scheme to come into operation until on or after the date on which the provisions of the pastoral scheme, pastoral order or instrument, as the case may be, establishing the joint parochial church council cease to have effect.

(7) Where the provisions of a pastoral scheme for the holding of benefices in plurality are terminated under section 8(3) of the Mission and Pastoral Measure (Isle of Man) 2012, any provision of a scheme under this rule establishing a joint parochial church council for all or some of the parishes of those benefices and the other provisions thereof affecting that council shall cease to have effect on the date on which the first mentioned provisions cease to have effect.

(8) A scheme under this rule may be amended or revoked by a subsequent scheme passed in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (4) of this rule.

20. Team councils

(1) Where a team ministry is established for the area of a benefice which comprises more than one parish the annual meetings of the parishes in that area may make a joint scheme to provide —

(a) for establishing a team council comprising —

(i) the team rector;
(ii) the members of the team other than the team rector;
(iii) every assistant curate, deaconess and lay worker licensed to a parish within the team who are not members of the team; and
(iv) such number of lay representatives elected by and from among the lay representatives of the parochial church council of each parish in the area as may be specified in the scheme;
Provided that where the total number of persons in sub-paragraphs (ii) and (iii) above who would otherwise number more than one quarter of the total membership of the team council they may, and where those persons number more than one third they shall select among themselves which members shall be members of the team council so that the total number of those persons shall not exceed more than one third of the council.
(b) for the chairmanship, meetings and procedure of the team council; and
(c) subject to paragraph 20 of Schedule 2 to the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986, for the delegation by the paragraph of each such parish to the team council of such functions, other than its functions as an interested party under Schedule 2 to the Mission and Pastoral Measure (Isle of Man) 2012 and its functions under section 3 of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993, as may be so specified.

(2) Subject to the scheme and to any pastoral scheme relating to the team council made under paragraph 4(3) of Schedule 3 to the said Measure and subject to paragraph 20 of Schedule 2 to the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986, the parochial church council of any such parish may delegate to the team council such of its functions, other than its functions as an interested party under the said Part I and its functions under section 3 of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993, as it thinks fit.

(3) The team council shall meet from time to time for the purpose of consulting together on matters of common concern.

(4) No scheme under this rule shall be valid unless approved by at least two-thirds of the persons present and voting at the annual meeting nor shall the scheme provide for it to come into operation until such date as the bishop's council and standing committee may determine being a date not later than the next ensuing annual meeting. Every such scheme shall on its approval be communicated to the bishop's council and standing committee of the diocesan synod which may determine —

(a) that the scheme shall come into operation; or
(b) that the scheme shall not come into operation; or
(c) that the scheme shall come into operation with specified amendments, if such amendments are approved by an annual or special parochial church meeting and the scheme as amended is approved by at least two-thirds of the persons present and voting at that meeting.

(5) A special parochial church meeting of a parish to which this rule applies may be convened for the purpose of deciding whether to join in making such a scheme, and where such a meeting is convened the foregoing provisions shall have effect with the substitution for references to the annual meeting of references to the special meeting.

(6) Where a pastoral scheme establishing a team ministry, or an instrument of the bishop made by virtue of that scheme, establishes a team council for that ministry, no scheme under this rule relating to that ministry shall provide for the scheme to come into operation until on or after the date on which the provisions of the pastoral scheme or of the instrument, as the case may be, establishing the team council cease to have effect.

(7) A scheme under this rule may be amended or revoked by a subsequent scheme passed in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (4) of this rule.

21. Group councils

(1) Where a pastoral scheme establishes a group ministry, the annual meetings of the parishes in the area for which the group ministry is established may make a joint scheme to provide —

(a) for establishing a group council comprising —

(i) all the members of the group ministry;
(ii) every assistant curate, deaconess and lay worker licensed to any such parish; and
(iii) such number of lay representatives elected by and from among the lay representatives of the parochial church council of each parish in the area as may be specified in the scheme;
(b) for the chairmanship, meetings and procedure of the group council; and
(c) for the delegation by the parochial church council of each such parish to the group council of such functions, other than its functions as an interested party under Part I of the Pastoral Measure 1983 and its functions under Part II of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 and section 3 of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993.

(2) If the area of a group ministry includes the area of a benefice for which a team ministry is established, a scheme under this rule shall provide for the vicars in that ministry, as well as the rector, and all the other members of the team to be members of the group council.

(3) Paragraphs (2) to (7) of rule 20 shall apply in relation to a scheme under this rule as they apply in relation to a scheme under that rule with the modifications that the references to a team ministry and a team council there shall be substituted references to a group ministry and a group council respectively except that the functions of a parochial church council under Part II of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 and section 3 of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 may not be delegated to a group council.

Other meetings

22. Special meetings

(1) In addition to the annual meeting the minister of a parish may convene a special parochial church meeting, and he shall do so on a written representation by not less than one-third of the lay members of the parochial church council; and the provisions of these rules relating to the convening and conduct of the annual meeting shall, with the necessary modifications, apply to a special parochial church meeting.

(2) All lay persons whose names are entered on the roll of the parish on the day which is twenty-one clear days before the date on which any special parochial church meeting is to be held shall be entitled to attend the meeting and to take part in its proceedings, and no other lay person shall be so entitled.

(3) A clerk in Holy Orders shall be entitled to attend any such meeting and to take part in its proceedings if by virtue of rule 6(3), (4) or (5) he would have been entitled to attend the annual meeting if it had been held on the same date, and no other such clerk shall be so entitled.

23. Extraordinary meetings

(1) On a written representation made to the archdeacon by not less than one-third of the lay members of the parochial church council, or by one-tenth of the persons whose names are on the roll of the parish, and deemed by the archdeacon to have been made with sufficient cause, the archdeacon shall convene an extraordinary meeting of the parochial church council or an extraordinary parochial church meeting, and shall either take the chair himself or appoint a chairman to preside. The chairman, not being otherwise entitled to attend such meeting, shall not be entitled to vote upon any resolution before the meeting.

(2) In any case where the archdeacon is the minister, any representation under paragraph (1) of this rule shall be made to the bishop, and in any such case the references to the archdeacon in paragraph (1) of this rule shall be construed as references to the bishop, or a person appointed by him to act on his behalf.

(3) Paragraphs (2) and (3) of rule 22 shall apply in relation to an extraordinary parochial church meeting under this rule as they apply in relation to a special parochial church meeting sunder that rule with the modification that for the word "special" in paragraph (2) of that rule there shall be substituted the word "extraordinary".