Finance

We hope that you find this page helpful and that you are able to find the information you are looking for. We are always looking to improve these pages, so if you have any suggestions, or ideas for things that should be covered, please do let Chris Boden know. 

If you would like more information on a particular topic, then please do contact the Finance Team.

An additional useful resource is the Church of England's Parish Resources website, which covers a range of issues.

Hunting down the best value deals for your church isn’t always easy and takes time. That’s why the National Church and the dioceses set up the Parish Buying service. The Parish Buying team use the bulk buying power of the Church to negotiate competitive prices with approved suppliers, across a range of different products. 


Latest News & Training

Latest News

- The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, which controls the reclaim of VAT of eligible works on listed places of worship, has been extended for a further 3 years until 31st March 2025. More information can be found here.

- Parish Finance Returns are now open for completion - please complete these by the 28th June. For more information click here.

- £1 million received through the Parish Giving Scheme in 2021

- Parish Buying have a new resource for churches that are finding it difficult to get set up with 'phone or broadband, especially relating to not having a postcode and navigating the faculty system.

- The Give A Little premium serivce will continue to be free for the whole of 2022 through Parish Buying. Give A Little is an online giving platform, which can help your church receive donations. For more information please contact Chris Boden.

- Information about the new Diocesan Healthier Churches Fund can be found here.

- How to fundraise on Zoom - help and advice from Charity Digital.

- HMRC updates its guidance for churches on claiming Gift Aid can be found here.

Upcoming Training

Sharing Share in a Multi Parish Benefice (Clergy) - Chris Boden, Stewardship and Resources Officer and Alison Maddocks, Dean of Smaller Churches will help you to think about how to lead the potentially difficult conversation about how to divide Ministry Share between multiple churches. To book please email Chris Boden.

Wednesday 26th January 7-8.30pm

 

Environmental Fundraising - the National Church is leading some free webinars in March looking at fundraising for environmental projects (booking to open in January 2022). 

Part 1 - What opportunities exist in the environmental funding landscape - 8th March, 12noon to 1.30pm

Part 2 - How to start environmental fundraising - 15th March, 12noon to 1.30pm

Part 3 - Environmental fundraising for experienced fundraisers - 22nd March, 12noon to 1.30pm

You can also see videos of some of their past webinars looking at getting to net zero carbon here.

 

Useful Links

Generosity Learning Hub - This new website hosts several courses, focusing on the cultural, theological and discipleship aspects of growing generosity in churches. Content includes courses by The Revd Dr Sam Wells, and York Diocesan Generous Giving Adviser Sammi Tooze. The website aims to help those who preach and teach about generosity and stewardship and equip them with resources that can be used in their churches and communities. You can access the hub at www.givingtraining.org

Generosity Week – new resources from the national church for use in the Parish. Suitable for use at any time of year. More information here.


Accounts

Help on putting together your accounts and software that can help you.

Budgets

Help on putting together a budget and why it is important for your church.

Church Expenses

Help and resources to help you cut your church's costs. 

 

Diocesan and Parochial Fees

Details of Diocesan, Parochial and other fees

 

Finding a new Treasurer

Advice for finding a new treasurer, and where they can find help.

 

Fundraising, Grants and VAT

Help on finding and putting together grant applications.

 

Gift Aid & GASDS

Help with Gift Aid and GASDS.

 

Insurance & Risk Management

Help on finding insurance and managing risks.

Legacies

Help with encouraging legacies in your church and advice with what to do when you receive one.

Managing Money

Help with reserves, banks and the different types of funds.

Ministry Share

Help and resources about the new Ministry Share system, including Lowest Income Community grants and Minsitry Support Fund grants.

Stewardship

Help with encouraging generous giving within your churches and the tools to make it easier.


Helping those in Need
As Christians we are called to help those in need, however, it is important to do this carefully to make sure that we can help as best we can.
Open Helping those in Need

Parochial expenses
PCCs should should ensure that parochial clergy, and stipendiary lay workers are reimbursed their expenses in full and at regular intervals.
Open Parochial expenses

Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance Accounts
The latest accounts for the Worcester Dicoesan Board of Finance
Open Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance Accounts

The Finance Team
An introduction to the Finance Team
Open The Finance Team

Theology and Money
As Christians, we are called to bring our faith into all aspects of our lives, including our finances. Here are some resources to help.
Open Theology and Money

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