Join the Trinity Cheltenham Electoral Roll
Thank you for looking into joining the Trinity Cheltenham Electoral Roll.
In order to join the Electoral Roll, you will need to have signed up to Trinity Cheltenham ChurchSuite.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that all of this talk of Electoral Rolls and ChurchSuite can get confusing at times, so below are some frequently asked questions that might help you out.
Why have an Electoral Roll?
It is your parish church’s 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 the Parochial Church Council and the parish’s representatives on the Deanery Synod.
Any person entitled to attend the Annual Church Parochial Meeting may raise any question of parochial or general church interest.
Renewal of the Electoral Roll takes place in 2017 and every six years thereafter. In a year of renewal, no names are carried over from the old roll and everyone must make a new application to be included on the new roll.
Why do I have to join ChurchSuite?
At Trinity we use ChurchSuite as our database and to communicate with church members. We also use it to help us run ministries and events.
ChurchSuite helps us keep a log of who from Trinity is on the Electoral Roll, and makes sure we have the right contact information for you.
We also use ChurchSuite to communicate important information to Electoral Roll members such as meeting dates and finance updates.
Can I join ChurchSuite and not the Electoral Roll?
Yes. While you have to be on ChurchSuite to join the Electoral Roll, you don’t have to be on the Electoral Roll to join ChurchSuite.
What difference does it make?
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 – the Parochial Church Council, the Deanery Synod, the Diocesan Synod, and the General Synod – are fully representative of its members.
Synodical government gives an opportunity for partnership between bishops, clergy, and laity in the life of the Church.
First, 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.
Secondly, the system is intended to ensure that the laity have their place in every aspect of church life, including its doctrine and service.
The Electoral Roll asks if I’m a resident in the Parish. How do I know?
You can use the Church of England’s Parish Finder to determine whether your home address falls within Trinity’s parish boundaries or not.