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 St. Leonard's, Shoreditch for at least six months and are committed to being part of the life of the local Church of England congregation.
Enrolment is a way of saying....“I belong”. For us it is an act of commitment to St. Leonards Church and the church as a whole. It opens the way for a greater involvement in the life of the church at parish, deanery, diocesan and national levels. It also enables you to vote at the church's annual meeting (the APCM or AGM). If you are eligible to join, we would love to encourage you to sign up.
The only churches at present in communion with the Church of England are other Anglican Churches and certain foreign Churches.
Membership of the Electoral Roll is also open to members in good standing of a Church not in communion with the Church of England which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity where those members are also prepared to declare themselves to be members of the Church of England.
Every six years a new roll is prepared and those on the previous roll are informed so that they can re-apply. 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.
If you have any problems over this form, please approach the clergy or lay people responsible for the parish, who will be pleased to help you.
In this form, “parish” means ecclesiastical parish.