Durham Diocese has joined this national planned giving scheme to help make giving easier and reduce the workload for parishes.
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a UK based charity owned by participating dioceses. The Scheme enables church members to offer their gift using Direct Debit, the most secure and efficient method of giving.
Over 40,000 people in 28 dioceses now use this scheme to support the work of their local church. There is no cost to the church or parish to use this scheme.
Key Benefits of using the scheme include:
- Eligible Gift Aid is collected automatically each month
- The issue of year-on-year ‘static giving’ is overcome as church members can opt to increase their giving by inflation each year
- A reduction in the volume of administration for church treasurers and gift aid officers.
How does the Parish Giving Scheme work?
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) enables a planned giver to donate to any parish registered with the scheme. Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. They are collected by Direct Debit on the first day of the month and then passed on to the nominated parish by the tenth of the month. The Gift Aid is then forwarded to the parish once received from HMRC.
Encourage Giving and Generosity in your parish
As well as the benefits listed above, the introduction of the scheme provides an opportunity to engage people in thinking about their own financial generosity. When joining the scheme, it is strongly recommended that parishes work with the Generous Giving Project resources which enables parishioners to explore and review their generosity and faith.
If you would like to know more about the Parish Giving Scheme and how your church can get involved, please use the resources on this page or contact: Samantha Amsden on 01388 604 515 [email protected] for more details