What is the Electoral Roll?
The church’s Electoral Roll is the register of its voting members; it is a list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Electoral rolls provide an indication of the real membership and strength of the church.
Who can be on the electoral Roll?
Baptised adults (over 16 years) who live in the parish, or who have worshipped regularly at one of our churches for at least six months and are committed to being part of the life of the local Church of England congregation. Every six years a new roll is prepared and those on the previous roll are informed so that they can reapply. If you are not resident in the parish but were on the roll as an habitual worshipper and have been prevented by sickness or absence or other essential reason from worshipping for the past six months, you may write “would” before “have habitually attended” on the form and add “but was prevented from doing so because…” and then state the reason.
Enrolment is a way of saying….“I belong”. For us it is an act of commitment to our Church family. It opens the way for a greater involvement in the life of the church at parish, deanery, diocesan and national levels.
Please return the completed form to the Electoral Roll Officer c/o Church Office, Eastgate, London Road, Ashington RH20 3DD
When can I Join?
The deadline for signing up is 31 March 2019 in readiness for the (APCM Annual Parochial Church Meeting) on 29 April, but of course you can join the Electoral Roll at any time.