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.

210 parishes in our Diocese are already benefitting from the scheme, with more than 1,550 donors giving regularly through the PGS, collectively giving over £130k (including Gift Aid) 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)

A Generous Advent

The PGS are launching a special podcast series for Advent. Every day until Christmas, ‘A Generous Advent with PGS’ will offer readings, reflections and moments of peace and wonder as we take time to consider our personal generosity, the generosity of God, and the joy of Jesus’s birth.

A Generous Advent with PGS’ is available on most major podcast directories, where you can tick the 'follow' box to make sure each new edition is safely downloaded to your device. Click through to our website here for easy access to the podcast on your favourite platform to listen and subscribe.

You can find and follow the PGS on Instagram and LinkedIn to share their posts and tell them what you think.

The first week’s podcast theme is ‘A Generous Story’. Each day the PGS will explore a different part of the well-known tale of the nativity, looking through the lens of generosity at the many encounters Mary and Joseph had with God’s generosity in the days preceding Jesus’s birth, and after.  From the innkeeper, the shepherds and Mary herself, what can we learn from their acts and experiences of generosity? 

For further information 

Julie Podd | Parish Finance & Resources Advisor | 01473 298555 | 07826 556186

Gary Peverley | Finance Director | | 01473 298575 | 07879 634525

Revised PGS Short Guide & FAQs v2  | PDF

Testimonials | PDF

PGS Statistics June 2021 | PDF


The Parish Giving Scheme

Address: 76 Kingsholm Road, Gloucester, GL1 3BD.  Email  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 to request PGS giving tokens for your church.


Resources for parishes to promote the PGS

PGS Posters 

Draft parish newsletter article wording 

How to update your parish landing page 

Template Telephone Notice (add your parish details) 

PGS Template Letter (addressed to regular planned givers) v2 

PGS Template Letter (addressed to wider electoral roll) v2 

The diocesan office has two PGS banners which parishes can book out by emailing, stating which banner and the dates required.  Banners will need to be picked up from the diocesan office at a pre-arranged time and date. The banners are: ‘Make a difference, support our church’ or ‘Build a confident future for your church’.

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

Change of Statement Receiver form | (please also advise

Request for copy Statement Receiver form

Change of parish bank account form

Page last updated: 2nd December 2021 4:29 PM