Annual Parochial Church Meetings updated guidance

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is a significant event in the parochial year during which the Churchwardens are elected. 

In the light of the restrictions placed upon parishes by the current COVID-19 epidemic, the Bishop of Lichfield has signed an instrument to allow annual meetings, which must be held by 31st May 2021, if necessary, to include online provision.

All those currently in these posts will continue until then.

The Church of England has posted the following response to the question Is There Any Guidance Concerning Our APCM Meeting? on its website:

APCM Resources and guides

The new Church Representation Rules are laid out in a simpler format which is easier to follow and includes useful information previously held in separate documents. Please do have a read! 

Hard copies of the latest Church Representation rules (2020) can be purchased from  Church House Publishing

If you have any further questions please liaise with one of our Archdeacons in the first instance.


Preparing for the Annual Meetings of Parishioners to choose churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCMs)
or mixed physical/virtual meetings
Open Preparing for the Annual Meetings of Parishioners to choose churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCMs)

APCM Instrument 2021 notes
Provisions for those whoare not holding a wholly physical meeting
Open APCM Instrument 2021 notes