The Church Electoral Roll
What Is The Church Electoral Roll?
It is your parish church’s register of electors; it is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting where the elections take place for:
a) the parochial church council
b) the parish’s representatives on the deanery synod
Why have an Electoral Roll?
Any person entitled to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting may raise any question of parochial or general church interest. By enrolling you become a voting member of the Church of England and so help to ensure that all the Synodical councils of the Church – the parochial church council, the deanery synod, the diocesan synod, and the General Synod – are fully representative of its members. Synodical government gives an opportunity for partnerships between bishops, clergy and laity in the life of the Church. The system is intended to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to play their part in decision making. The system is also intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of church life, including its doctrine and services.
Who can be on the Electoral Roll?
You need to be baptised and one of the following conditions should apply;
· Be a member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and a resident in the parish, or
· Be 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 period of 6 months prior to enrolment, or
· Be 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 oneself to be a member of the Church of England and have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the period of 6 months prior to enrolment.
How do I get onto the Electoral Roll?
Download the application form here and post to the address shown on the form.
1. Those who become 16 during the next 12 months may complete the form, and become eligible to be entered on the roll on their sixteenth birthday.
2. The only Churches at present in communion with the Church of England are other Anglican Churches and certain foreign Churches.
3. Membership of the electoral roll is also 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.
4. Every 6 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 worshipping for the past 6 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.
5. If you have any problems with this form, please contact our Vicar, who will be pleased to help you.
6. The word ‘parish’ means ecclesiastical parish. Our parish includes Frensham and Dockenfield.