The Resources Team have been working with a number of pioneering parishes in the diocese who are helping church members to better plan their giving of monetary gifts.Â For parishes looking to join the Parish Giving Scheme we have listed the most frequently asked questionsâ€¦
What is the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)?
It is a new way to give that uses the most secure method of contributing to church â€“ Direct Debit.
Why should we change?
Current cash-based methods of giving are admin-intensive and create unnecessary security worries such as storing cash and moving it to the bank.
What other benefits are there?
The scheme automatically claims any eligible Gift Aid and passes it onto the church every month. Members can also opt to increase their giving in line with inflation each year.
Is PGS only for taxpayers?
No, anyone can use the scheme to give to their church providing they have a UK bank account.
How much does it cost?
They say â€˜the best things in life are freeâ€™. That is actually the case with the PGS â€“ there is no cost to parishes.
When can my church sign up?
Now! We are looking for parishes to participate in the February introductory phase prior to a full roll-out in summer 2018.Â If you would like your parish to get involved, please contact Samantha Lee at Cuthbert House today.
All resources are available via the Diocese of Durham website â€“ click here.Â