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Parish Giving Scheme launches
29/07/19

On the 2nd July 2019, 120 people attended an event at All Saints Church, Leamington Spa, to launch the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) in the Diocese of Coventry.

The PGS was originally developed by the Diocese of Gloucester to provide a professional, effective donation management system to support parishes in funding their mission and ministry. However, it has since developed and now 28 Church of England dioceses use it, administrating over £2.8 million (including Gift Aid) annually from more than 30,000 donors from over 1,700 parishes. Donations are collected via direct debit and the service is free of charge to the parish.

The unique feature of the scheme is the option for the donor to commit in principle to increase their gift annually in line with inflation. Whilst this is a voluntary decision, it is one that could potentially have a huge impact on the life and future of the church. The main beneficiaries of this scheme are the recipient parishes; as it helps to take away a burden of administrative work from the parish volunteers; and the generous donors who benefit from a professional and flexible service.

The Diocese of Coventry has decided to join PGS having ‘road-tested’ it in 5 parishes over the past seven months where it has proved to be a useful and effective tool.

Helen Richardson, Chief Executive of the PGS gave a presentation at the launch. She explained how the scheme works and the benefits it offers for parish officers who administer donations. Importantly, she went on to show the significant increases in giving that PGS has helped to deliver to parishes when introduced as part of a giving review.

As well as the launch of the PGS, the day included stewardship advice and practical ideas from Steve Peirce, creator of the Giving in Grace stewardship resource. Jonathan de Bernhardt Wood, the Church of England’s National Advisor on Giving and Income Generation, shared ideas about how to use digital giving in churches.

At the end of the day there was material for the audience to take home and an opportunity for those who attended to reflect upon what they had heard and also give feedback on their thoughts. These included responses along the lines of “the best training day I’ve ever been on” and “I can’t wait to get started with the PGS, it looks like a perfect answer to so many issues.”

The presentations from the day are available to be viewed here.

If you would like to find out more about PGS please contact Katie Wilson on katie.wilson@covcofe.org

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