Electoral Roll

What is the Electoral Roll?

Electoral Roll membership gives us all a say in shaping the Church of England and contributes to the way in which parishes are allocated clergy. Our Electoral Roll is instrumental in keeping Christ Church, Southgate, on the radar! Businesses with no customers, very quickly go out of business… The same is true of parish churches… With no expression of interest, there’s no reason to keep them open. Ensuring we keep our doors open and have clergy in post more than justifies completing an Electoral Roll registration form.

Are there any other benefits?

Electoral Roll membership gives you voting rights at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and it enables you to stand for election and participate in the running of your church as a PCC member, Warden, Treasurer, etc. It also enables you to become an elected member of the Enfield Deanery Synod, London Diocesan Synod and/or General Synod of the Church of England, should you so wish.

Can I join the Electoral Roll?

There are one or two conditions you have to meet in order to be eligible. Electoral Roll members are people who:

  • have been baptized
  • are 16 years of age or older
  • have regularly attended Christ Church for at least the last six months

Such people will normally live within the parish boundaries, but those who live outside can also be on the Electoral Roll if they meet these same requirements.

You can be on the Electoral Roll of more than one church – some people have a weekday or ‘work’ church as well as their ‘home’ church in the place where they live. (You will complete one form for each church, if this applies to you.)

You can also be added to the Electoral Roll if you are a member of another Church, which is either in communion with the Church of England, or which isn’t in communion but subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and you are prepared to declare yourself a member of the Church of England  and have regularly worshipped in Christ Church during the previous six months.

How do I join?

Application forms for Electoral Roll membership can be found at the back of church or downloaded here. Please return your completed form to a sidesperson, Church Warden or directly to me, the Electoral Roll Officer, via the mail rack at the back of church.

Additional information

At Christ Church, our Electoral Roll application form also asks for additional contact details – your phone number (this can be a landline, mobile or both) and your email address. We can then use these details to contact you with information about special events, services and parish activities; if we know you are a person who might be able to help us with a particular need or activity, we might use the information in order to get in touch. However, for the first time this year, we also have to take the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into account when collecting your contact details. Under no circumstances will this information be shared in any way with others; it will remain strictly the private property of Christ Church, Southgate. If you added these details in the past, we have always assumed that you are happy for us to hold them and use them in the way I have described. Some people choose to withhold them, indicating that they do not wish to be contacted by phone or email, and that is absolutely fine. We will always respect this. However, to be absolutely sure that you are happy for us to hold this information and use it in the way described above, we are now also advised to collect a signed consent form from each person who supplies these details (email and phone number) and such a form is available in the rack at the back of church or online at http://www.christchurch-southgate.org/home/privacy/.  Thank you in advance for taking the trouble to do this.

Why do we keep renewing it?

Membership fluctuates all the time – people come and go. Recognizing this, Electoral Rolls are completely renewed every six years. 2019 is the next renewal year. Nobody is automatically carried forward.

Patricia Ashby, Electoral Roll Officer

 

 

  • Services

    Sunday

    08:00 Eucharist
    10:00 Sung Eucharist
    18:30 Evensong

    Tuesday

    17:30 Evening Prayer
    19:30 Eucharist
    20.00 Healing Service (1st Tuesday monthly)

    Wednesday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    11:00 Eucharist
    17:30 Evening Prayer

    Thursday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    12:30 Eucharist
    17:30 Evening Prayer

    Friday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    17:30 Evening Prayer

    Saturday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    09:00 Eucharist

    For weekday services please use the north door by the ramp