Church Electoral Roll

Church Electoral Roll

All members of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England)  who are baptised (christened) and over the age of 16, and who are either resident in the parish or have habitually attended public worship here for the last 6 months are eligible to join the Church Electoral Roll. Each year the deadline for new applications is determined by the date of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (The APCM, similar to an AGM) after which date the revised electoral roll will be displayed. This year forms need to be completed by the 27th September. Forms may be downloaded here 

Existing members of the Roll do not need to re-apply this year 2020; but please advise us if there are any changes to your name or address details.

Why be on the church electoral roll?

The Church Electoral Roll is a (voluntary) register of people who are Church of England members who live in the parish or who attend the church of St Mary the Virgin, East Preston with Kingston.  Nobody is automatically entered into this register. Only people who are registered on the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote on matters arising at the APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting). Membership of a Church Electoral Roll is also used by some outside bodies as evidence that you are a member of the Church of England.

To join the Church Electoral Roll you must complete an electoral roll application form and return it to the Electoral Roll Officer via the Parish Office letterbox.

You will need to declare that you are baptised and aged 16 or over .

A member of the Church of England (or of a Church in communion with the Church of England) and are resident in the parish.

Or

You are 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 and have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the period of six months prior to enrolment.

Or

You are 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 yourself to be a member of the Church of England and have habitually attended public worship in the parish during the period of six months prior to enrolment.

Please address any queries to the Electoral Roll Officer, Brian Cooke via the Vicar (vicar@stmarysep.org.uk) and please return completed forms via the Vicarage.