What is the Parish Giving Scheme?
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is now used by more than half the dioceses of the Church of England to handle the regular bank giving of church members. The scheme offers donors a highly efficient, friendly service and ensures that their chosen church not only promptly receives the whole of their donation but also the gift aid on their gift. This reduces the workload of church treasurers.
PGS offers significant benefits compared to other forms of giving:
- It enables people to give by direct debit, which is easier to reconcile than standing orders or cash donations
- Gift aid is automatically processed every month, saving you considerable time and improving cash flow
- Adopting the scheme as part of a generous giving strategy often leads to an increase in giving
- Givers can choose to automatically increase their giving by the rate of inflation every year if they wish. This tackles the problem of ‘static giving’, where people’s giving ordinarily remains the same year on year, while the costs of the church rise continually due to inflation.
- Givers can choose to give anonymously, if they would like to.
How do we register for the Parish Giving Scheme?
Pass a PCC resolution to join the PGS. Katie would be happy to attend your PCC for this item if she is available, please contact her using the details below.
Fill in this registration form and return to Katie Wilson at the address below along with a blank paying in slip to confirm your payment details.
Katie Wilson, PGS registration form, c/o Serving Christ Team, Cathedral & Diocesan Offices, 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB – IMPORTANT NOTE During Coronavirus Pandemic, this address has changed! Please contact Katie by emailing Katie.Wilson@covcofe.org for the latest address to send your registration forms to.
Once you have registered, the main contact will receive a welcome email from the Parish Giving Scheme with a unique PGS code. Once you have this code, please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org to be resourced with individual welcome packs and direct debit forms for all your givers.
Katie would love to meet with you and your PCC to talk about the PGS, stewardship and generous giving. Please get in touch with Katie by emailing Katie.Wilson@covcofe.org.
Once you have established the PGS in your parish, you can contact us to obtain some forms for use in the wider community. An example of the form can be seen here.
The wider community gift form could be particularly helpful for those in rural communities as it offers those with a close community connection to their church/parish the ability to give regularly through the PGS as part of the wider community.
To ensure that the local connection to the church/parish is maintained, it is recommended that the wider community gift form is accompanied by a letter from the church/parish (we can provide you with examples upon request, if required).
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