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Legal responsibilities & guidance

Information from the Diocesan Registry about PCCs, patronage, marriage law, church charities and more.


Many parishes benefit from long established parochial charities, whose original purposes were to benefit the poor in the parish or the local church building.

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The principal law relating to marriage in Church of England parish churches is contained in the Marriage Act 1949.

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The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the governing body of a parish church that helps steer the life of the church in its mission, witness and service in the parish. It’s also a charity.

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