The Electoral Roll - Annual Revision
What is it?
The Electoral Roll is the ecclesiastical equivalent of the Register of Electors. That is to say, it is the register of all those who are qualified to vote at the elections at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, and to stand for election to the Parochial Church Council. More than that, it is the working document of the parish to enable us to know who is committed to the life of St James, so we can keep in touch and work more effectively as a Church together. It is also used in returns to the Diocese and General Synod. Once you are a member of the Electoral Roll, because that signifies that you are a regular member of the Church, that enables those who live outside the Parish to be married at St James. It also affects burial in the Churchyard for those who live outside the Parish, as only those on the Roll at the time of death, are eligible to be buried in a new grave in the Churchyard.
Who should join?
Every worshipping member of St James over 16 should join the Electoral Roll. The regulations stipulate that a person should be a regular worshipping member of the Church for at least six months before they can apply for membership.
How do you know if you are on the Roll?
There is a copy of the Electoral Roll at the back of Church for inspection.