Parish Giving Scheme


 

The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a simple and secure way for churches to receive regular donations. It is an established service for managing Direct Debit donations, designed to support churches to fund their mission and ministry from those within the church or in the wider community. The service is freely available to all parishes and donors, and registering your parish is quick and simple.

Over 180 parishes in our Diocese are already benefitting from the scheme, with more than 1,400 donors giving regularly through the PGS, collectively giving £100k each month to their churches.

Across 2020, over £1m was given through the scheme – this was gratefully received by parishes, especially during national lockdown and subsequent church closures.

Why the PGS?

  • The scheme helps to build financial resilience by making it easy for a donor to give their gift irrespective of whether they are physically in the church.
  • By processing regular donations and Gift Aid on a church’s behalf, PGS eases the admin burden and improves cashflow.
  • Donors can choose to increase their gift annually in line with inflation. A £10 weekly gift setup in 2010 rising with inflation would be worth £13 in 2020. This represents an additional £140 per year per donor.

“…nearly every donor increased their giving when they joined the scheme and in virtually every case their regular giving is now index-linked. This is a great improvement on the situation compared with pre-PGS! It will also reduce the task of completing the Gift Aid claim each year.”  Les Weeks, Treasurer (St Giles, Risby)

  • Parishes on the scheme are more likely to see an increase in total planned giving (donations) and gift per donor. Giving per donor in PGS parishes is almost 25% higher compared to parishes not adopting the scheme.
  • Parish treasurers can view monthly statements securely online and can use the bespoke resources provided by the PGS to promote the scheme on their A Church Near You page, webpage and in parish newsletters.

Getting Started in Your Parish

  1. Agree to join at your next PCC meeting or APCM. It’s free so there is nothing to lose!
  2. Complete the simple registration form found here and return it to us (with a paying in slip to verify the bank details) to: Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich, IP1 1UQ or email it to Julie Podd.

For Donors – 3 easy ways to give

  1. Online: on the PGS website here)
  2. By Phone: Tel: 0333 002 1271
  3. By Post*: use the printable pdf of the Gift form
  4. Existing donors are now able to manage their regular giving online.  Having registered for an online account, they will be able to adjust the amount of their current donation, or change their options for Gift Aid, inflationary increase, or anonymous status.  Visit the PGS website here.

*This replaces the paper Gift Form dated 2017, which is out of date and should not be used.

“I’m not quite sure who to thank, but we are incredibly grateful to the Diocese for introducing the Parish Giving Scheme ... It’s definitely improved giving in our churches without a lot of effort … everyone finds having the Gift Aid as we go along much easier for cashflow and PCC members generally have reported that it's much easier to give than it used to be...”  The Revd Tiffer Robinson, Rural Dean (Lavenham)

For information about joining the PGS and to find out more:

Julie Podd, Parish Finance & Resources Advisor. julie.podd@cofesuffolk.org  | 01473 298555

Lee Jukes, Parish Finance & Resources Manager. lee.jukes@cofesuffolk.org  | 01473 298551

Gary Peverley, Finance Director. gary.peverley@cofesuffolk.org | 01473 298575

PGS Webinars for parishes (church staff and volunteers)

An introduction to PGS - Wednesday 28 April, 1-1.45pm

  • How PGS can improve giving in your parish
  • An overview of how it works
  • How to launch Parish Giving Scheme in your church
  • This webinar is for PCCs considering setting up Parish Giving Scheme in their church Book a place here


The PGS Digital Service - Wednesday 12 May, 2-2.45pm

  • In this webinar the teams at Parish Giving Scheme and Church of England will guide you through the new online offer as well as how to make the most of the service as part of a giving review.

This webinar is for churches who already use Parish Giving Scheme Book a place here

 

Revised PGS Short Guide & FAQs v2 available here

Testimonials available here

 

The Parish Giving Scheme

Address: 76 Kingsholm Road, Gloucester, GL1 3BD.  Email  info@parishgiving.org.uk.  Helpline: 0333 002 1260 (calls from a landline will typically cost no more than the national rate but this will depend on your communication provider.

Parish Giving Scheme | Weblink

 

Resources available for parishes to help donors:

PDF Gift Form (add your parish place, church, & code e.g., Buryan St Thomas, 330633xxx, St Eds & Ips)

PGS explained leaflet | PDF

Inflationary giving leaflet | PDF

Donor step-by-step guide for online giving | PDF

Please email pgs@cofesuffolk.org to request PGS giving tokens for your church.

 

Resources for parishes to promote the PGS

PGS Posters available here.

Draft parish newsletter article wording available here.

How to update your parish landing page available here

Template Telephone Notice (add your parish details) available here

PGS Template Letter (addressed to regular planned givers) v2 available here

PGS Template Letter (addressed to wider electoral roll) v2 available here

 

Parish Change of Statement Receiver/Bank Account Forms all accessed here.

Change of Statement Receiver form | (please also advise pgs@cofesuffolk.org)

Request for copy Statement Receiver form

Change of parish bank account form


Page last updated: 15th April 2021 2:33 PM