electoral roll

If you are a member of Christ Church and have not yet signed up for the new 2019 - 2025 church electoral roll please complete an application form.
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Or complete this application form and email it to office@ccweb.org.uk or post it to Electoral Roll, Christ Church Office, Linden Gate, Clifton Down Road, Bristol, BS8 4AH by 7th April 2019 when aplications will close until after the APCM.

It is a way of saying ‘I belong’ – an act of commitment to the local church and to the church as a whole. It also enables you to vote at the church's annual meeting (the APCM). If you are eligible to join, we would love to encourage you to sign up.

To be on Christ Church's church electoral roll you need to have worshipped at Christ Church regularly for at least the last six months OR be resident in the parish. You should be baptised and at least 16 years old. If you are unsure of the parish boundaries, you can view them here.

Now here comes the legal bit...



Notice is hereby given that under the Church Representation Rules a new Church Electoral Roll is being prepared. All persons who wish to have their names entered on the new Roll, whether their names are entered on the present Roll or not, are requested to apply for enrolment not later than Sunday 7th April 2019.

The new Roll will come into operation on Sunday 14th April 2019.

The new Roll shall be published for not less than 14 days.

Under the Church Representation Rules any lay persons are entitled to have their names entered on the roll if they-
  1. are baptised and aged 16 or over;
  2. have signed a form of application for enrolment;   and either
  3. are members of the Church of England or of any Church in communion with the Church of England being resident in the parish or (not being resident in the parish) having habitually attended public worship in the parish during the six months prior to the application for enrolment;   or:
  4. are members in good standing of a Church (not in communion with the Church of England) which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity declaring themselves also to be members of the Church of England and having habitually attended public worship in the parish during  the period of six months prior to enrolment.

Forms of application for enrolment can be obtained from the undersigned or downloaded here.  An online version of the form is available here

In order to be entitled to attend the annual parochial church meeting and to take part in its proceedings, forms of application for enrolment must be returned by the earlier of the dates shown above.
Any error discovered in the roll should at once be reported to the undersigned.

Dated this 4th day of February 2019.
Signed:   Mark Parsons   (Church Electoral Roll Officer)
Address:  Christ Church Office, Linden Gate, Clifton Down Road, Bristol, BS8 4AH

*Note – The new roll must be completed not less than 15 days or more than 28 days before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

And now for some FAQ's...

What is the Electoral Roll?

The Electoral Roll is the list of electors at Christ Church. In the same way that being on the civic Electoral Roll allows you to vote in parliamentary and local elections and referenda, joining the Electoral Roll at Christ Church means that you can vote on church matters, attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and stand for election to the Parochial Church Council (PCC). Being on the Electoral Roll does NOT make you a “member” of Christ Church; simply regarding Christ Church as your spiritual home does that. Indeed, a condition of joining the Roll is that you are already a “member” of the church family here at Christ Church!

Do I have to join?

You can of course be a full and active member of Christ Church without joining the Roll. Being on the Electoral Roll does not entail signing up to any additional commitments. However, it does help the Church show its strength, both locally and nationally.  And joining the Electoral Roll is necessary if you want to stand for election to the PCC or other synodical councils (such as the Deanery, Diocesan or General Synod) or attend and vote at the APCM. Joining the Electoral Roll is an important statement of witness and a step along the path of discipleship. With your name on the Electoral Roll, the strength of the Church can be seen in our local area, and across the Diocese.  If you’re a regular at Christ Church, you should be on the Electoral Roll!

But I'm already on the Electoral Roll!

Not any more!  Every six years, a completely new Electoral Roll is created, and this is happening in 2019.  This means that even if you are were on the previous Electoral Roll for Christ Church you will need to reapply in order to be a member of the new roll.

What does the Electoral Roll affect?

The Electoral Roll is the only official register of membership within the Church of England.  When the national press talk about numbers attending church services, this is based on Electoral Roll figures.  As such, it is a great encouragement to our Bishop and the national church for the Electoral Roll at Christ Church to be as representative as possible of the actual members of our Church family.  In addition, the size of our Electoral Roll affects the number of representatives on the PCC and the other synodical bodies.  In a large church like Christ Church, this is less significant than for smaller churches, but we still wish to be as representative as possible.  Numbers on the Electoral Roll do not directly affect our Parish Share – this is the amount we give to the diocese each year to cover the cost of our clergy and other central costs.

I’m convinced – how do I join?

Please complete the application form using one of the options above.  The closing date for application for the new roll is Sunday 7th April 2019.  Applications received after this date will be added to the Electoral Roll after the APCM.

Any other questions?

Please go to the InfoHub, speak to a member of staff, or contact the Church Office.  We would be delighted to help.