A message from the Rector, Revd Nicholas Mercer:
I received further guidance from the Bishop of Leeds yesterday about how to proceed with Church Governance during the Coronavirus crisis: In essence the PCC and APCM are suspended until further notice: His Ad Clerum states as follows.
GOVERNANCE Obviously, PCC meetings, Annual Parochial Church Meetings, Deanery Synods, etc are also necessarily suspended. The legalities of these are being looked into and more will follow. However, in order to be clear at this point, the Diocesan Bishop can exercise powers (under section 10 of the Churchwardens Measure 2001 and rule 78 of the CRR) to extend or alter the time for the holding of meetings and elections. The Churchwardens Measure 2001 and the Church Representation Rules stipulate that annual meetings must take place by 31 May each year. I intend to use my powers under those conditions by extending the period of office of current churchwardens or PCC members until at least 31 October 2020 whilst we await legislation that will regularise synodical elections and the election of a new General Synod. I will inform you specifically of the provisions once they have been agreed (after receiving more definitive advice from London).