Electoral Roll

If you have regularly attended services at St Barnabas Church over the past six months, have been baptised or christened and are not yet on the church electoral roll then please fill in an electoral roll form so that we can add your name and you can vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The APCM is where the elections take place for the parochial church council and the parish's representatives on the deanery synod.

As a voting member of the Church of England you can help to ensure that the parochial church council, the deanery synod, the diocesan synod, and the General Synod are fully representative of its members. This provides an opportunity for partnership between bishops, clergy and the congregation in the life of the Church, to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to have their say in all aspects of church life, including its doctrine and services.

The electoral roll is completely renewed every six years; the next renewal is due in 2019. In a year of renewal, no names are carried over from the old roll and everyone must make a new application to be included on the new roll.

Perhaps you see no need as you have no time to attend meetings.  Perhaps you are content to simply come to services.  Putting your name on the Electoral Roll will help us to keep those services intact.  A coffee shop with no customers will not keep its doors open for very long, neither will a church.  Electoral roll returns are one of the key indicators monitored by the national church when allocating clergy across the length and breadth of the UK.

You are eligible to become a voting member of St Barnabas if you have been baptised, are sixteen or over and a member of the Church of England (or other Anglican Churches and certain foreign Churches in communion with the Church of England) and live in the parish. However, if you do not live in the parish, but meet the other criteria and have regularly attended services in St Barnabas during the previous of six months, you are also eligible.

You are also eligible to be added to the electoral roll at St Barnabas if you are a regular member of a Church, which isn’t in communion with the Church of England, but subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, are prepared to declare yourself to be a member of the Church of England and have regularly attended public worship in the parish during the previous of six months.

The Electoral Roll application form will also request your email address. If you consent to give it, we hope this will improve our ability to keep you up to date with parish events and information. Also, if you consent, we will share your email address with the Communications Department at the Diocesan Office in order that they, too, can better keep you informed both of diocesan-wide events and also with messages from our Bishops and Archdeacons.

With online shopping and communication such a commonplace part of our lives, we ask for your help in moving the way we communicate with each other into the new century. We ask you to be proud to be a member of our church, and to put your name and email on the Electoral Roll.

Please send the completed form to:
The Electoral Roll Officer
St Barnabas Church
Brinns Lane, Blackwater, Hampshire GU17 0BT.