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Generous Giving

Giving: What Christians believe

As Christians we are called by God to give and to live generously. This will enable God’s work to happen, both in your local community and church, and in the wider world too. Christians have a distinctive understanding of giving and sharing; it shapes and changes how we live and all our decisions and actions; giving is at the heart of faith, when we choose to follow Jesus Christ.

The communities and churches of our diocese are full of people who give generously of their time, skills and money. Our Parish Giving Advisers are on hand to support parishes and deaneries in growing and nurturing generosity and giving, so that local churches can continue to proclaim and share the good news of God’s generosity, through their life and work and to grow and develop in new and exciting ways!

Please contact the finance team

Giving and Stewardship: Tools for your Parish

Our Diocese uses Giving for Life as its preferred suite of resources for parishes. Using the eight-point guide, you should be able identify materials to help you and your parish. Click on each of the areas below to find out more.

To visit the full Giving for Life website directly, go to: www.parishresources.org.uk/givingforlife

For the Parish Resources website, visit www.parishresources.org.uk

To find out about our latest training and support events click here

COVID-19 update (April 2020)

While our primary concern must be for all of God’s people – especially the sick, those caring for others, and for all those who are finding isolation and the disruption to the usual rhythm of life unsettling and uncomfortable – we should not neglect care and support for our clergy who are taking a leading role in looking after people in our communities.

It’s vital that we also demonstrate sensitivity and awareness to potential changes in personal, employment and financial circumstances of individuals, both current and potential donors. Let’s make sure we demonstrate an awareness of these difficulties and, where appropriate, offer assistance.

However, it is equally important that PCCs and church officers take proactive steps to secure regular financial giving to our churches to ensure that ministry, mission and outreach can continue during these uncertain times.  So this could be a good time to join the Parish Giving Scheme.

There are many other ways that you can attract direct, non-cash donations to your parish.  For example, church and charity software provider Data Developments are offering a free trial of their MyGiving.Online donations software, with free technical support, while churches are closed under the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.  You can find details in this MyGiving.Online Offer briefing note.