Aim and purposes
St. Chad’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) has had the responsibility of promoting in the ecclesiastical parish, the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical along with the priest in charge.
The PCC is also responsible for the maintenance of the Parish Centre and the former curacy (64 Becketts Park Crescent).
The Church’s Vision Statement is:
St. Chad’s is here to share the Christian Gospel through being:
- a praying and worshipping community
- a place of spiritual learning, growth and exploration
- a visible, active and responsible servant of the parish
We seek to be a lively, evolving and caring community through:
- being welcoming and supportive
- sharing and celebrating our talents and diversity
- being open to all
Objectives and activities
The PCC is committed to enabling as many people as possible to worship at our church and to become part of our parish community at St. Chad’s. The PCC maintains an overview of worship throughout the parish and makes suggestions on how our services can involve the many groups that live within our parish. Our services and worship put faith into practice through prayer and scripture, music and sacrament.
When planning our activities for the year the Commission’s guidance on public benefit and, in particular, the specific guidance on charities for the advancement of religion, has been considered. In particular, we try to enable ordinary people to live out their faith as part of our parish community through:
- Worship and prayer; learning about the Gospel; and developing their knowledge and trust in Jesus
- Provision of pastoral care for people living in the parish
- Missionary and outreach work
To facilitate this work it is important that we maintain the fabric of the Church of St. Chad and the Parish Centre.
Structure, governance and management
The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. At St. Chad’s the membership of the PCC consists of the incumbent, churchwardens, one of three readers, members of synod and a maximum of 15 members elected by those members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll of the church. All those who attend our services / members of the congregation are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and stand for election to the PCC.
The PCC members are responsible for making decisions on all matters of general concern and importance to the parish including deciding on how the funds of the PCC are to be spent.
The full PCC met six times during the year with an average level of attendance of 91%, and the Standing and Finance Committee six times. Given its wide responsibilities the PCC has a number of sub-committees each dealing with a particular aspect of parish life. These committees which include Standing and Finance, Fabric and Maintenance, Bar, Worship, Community Engagement, Stewardship, and Parish Centre Management, are all responsible to the PCC and report back to it regularly with minutes of their deliberations being received by the full PCC and discussed as necessary.
St Chad’s Church is situated in Far Headingley in North West Leeds. It was part of the Diocese of Leeds (Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales) within the Church of England.
The correspondence address is The Parish Administrator, St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 5JT
The PCC is a body corporate (PCC Powers Measure 1956. Church Representation Rules 2006) and is a registered charity as required under the Charities Act.
Charity Registration Number: 1130766
Charity Name: The Parochial Church Council of The Ecclesiastical Parish of St Chad, Far Headingley, Leeds
PCC Members as at 1 February 2021:
Helen Steele (Secretary)
Beverly Leech Askey
Nat West plc, 63 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3WA; Yorkshire Bank, 6 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2AA
West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Leeds, LS10 2QW
The PCC members are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Financial Statements in accordance with the applicable law and United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice.
Charity law requires the PCC members to prepare financial statements for each financial year which gives a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the church and of its financial activities for that period.
Those responsible for day to day management
Standing & Finance Committee
Hannah Lievesley (Vicar), Simon Futers (Churchwarden), Helen Cruickshank (Churchwarden), Helen Steele (PCC Secretary), Michael Clark (PCC Treasurer) and Anne Emerton