The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) enables people to give regularly to their local church by direct debit. PGS is offered to all churches in the diocese free of charge as the Diocese covers the administrative cost.
It is highly beneficial for your local church as the scheme automatically claims Gift Aid on your behalf and ensures it is paid to your church each month. This saves administration time and increases cash flow, making the job of the treasurer much easier.
Used by the majority of dioceses in the Church of England and 25% of our own parishes, this is a tried and tested tool. When launched well, many of our own churches have also experienced growth in income to support their local parish mission.
We launched the Parish Giving Scheme in our Benefice with two churches at the end of the year, the other one just after Christmas.
The generous giving team had been a real help both in our Deanery meetings and with our individual PCC’s. There was help available for finding out about the whole process and any practical questions we had.
It was therefore very easy with the help of our treasurers and church wardens to set up and launch in our churches. As we had been in lockdown while we were rolling out the scheme, we had to be a bit creative at how we sent the packs out. We felt we still needed to launch at this time as we need all the help we can get with our finances at this time!
It is still a bit early to assess any success the PGS has had but we already know that PCC and congregation members have joined and found it an easy process. Some who joined have agreed to inflation proof their giving. We were pleased to find that we also have had new givers.
Revd Gill Pinnington, The Benefice of Coalville with Bardon Hill
and Ravenstone & Area Dean, North West Leicestershire