What Is The Church Electoral Roll?
Thorpe, like every Church of England Parish has a register of electors; it is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting where the elections take place for:
a. the parochial church council
b. the parish’s representatives on the deanery synod
Any person entitled to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting may raise any question of parochial or general church interest. By enrolling you become a voting member of the Church of England and so help to ensure that all the Synodical councils of the Church – St Mary's Thorpe Parochial Church Council, Runnymede Deanery Synod, Guildford Diocesan Synod, and the General Synod of the Church of England– are fully representative of its members. Synodical government gives an opportunity for partnerships between bishops, clergy and laity in the life of the Church. The system is intended to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to play their part in decision making. The system is also intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of church life, including its doctrine and services.
Members of St Mary's Church Electoral Roll are encouraged to commit to regular planned financial giving to support the ongoing mission and life of the Church family, and to participate fully in the worship and witness of the Church here in Thorpe and beyond. To apply to become a member of St Mary's Church Electoral Roll you must be:
resident within the Parish of Thorpe or
a regular worshipper (that means having attended worship at least monthly for six consecutive months)
If you qualify and would like to become a member of St Mary's Church Electoral Roll, please complete both sides of the Electoral Roll Application Form and return it to the Parish Office. Please note: A complete renewal of the Roll is required every six years (last one completed in March 2019). At this stage every member of the old roll will be contacted by letter and will need to reapply for the new Roll should they wish. This year a more simple revision (update) of the Roll will take place. Applications to the Roll will be considered at the next PCC meeting to be held on Monday 15th March, with the revision of the roll due at the end of March and early April 2021 in advance of our next APCM to be held on Sunday 9th May 2021 at 11:30am.