Every parish has a Parochial Church Council (PCC). This is a group of people who represent the church in that place, and are its main decision makers. The powers and duties of a PCC are defined by legislation, because it has charitable status. PCC members are charity trustees.
The PCC includes some people who are members because of the office they hold (the term used is ex-officio) such as licensed clergy and church wardens, and some who are elected.
A PCC is also able to co-opt a small number of members. Elections to the PCC are held at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).
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Annual Parochial Church Meetings