Section E. Support for PCCs and churchwardens

E10. Parish returns


Archbishops’ Council deadlines

Please could the:

attendance forms be completed on-line by 31st January 2017; and,

finance forms be completed on-line by 31st May 2017.

(If you wish to send paper forms through the post we would need them by 16th January and 8th May respectively).

The reason for these deadlines is to enable early, and therefore most relevant, analysis and publication of the attendance statistics. The date for submission of the finance returns is to relate it to the timetable for PCCs' Annual Reports & Accounts being received at Annual Parochial Church Meetings.

The forms are no longer collected by the Archdeacons in May.

Completing the returns online

We are encouraging PCCs to complete their parish returns online at: http://parishreturns.churchofengland.org.

We give login details for one person per PCC. This person can set up the facility for other people within the parish to enter data.

Many PCCs are finding this not only the simplest way of submitting the information but also to be helpful in the way that their own parish's data is analysed and presented showing trends over recent years and comparisons with deanery and diocesan averages.

If your parish is not already signed up for this, please find someone who could act as parish contact, and ask Marion Tunwell (01905 732805) for the initial login details.

About the attendance return - count by church

As was the case for the 2015 returns, the attendance figures will be collected on a church basis, rather than a parish basis.

This will mean that data for parishes with more than one church should be input for each church. (The database will then do the adding up to combine the figures to report for each parish). We can help you set up separate log-in details for each church if you wish.

The 2016 attendance return is in the same format as that for 2015, but Archbishop’s Council have added a ‘special focus’ question about visitors to the church in a typical week. The guidance on the form explains what is meant by ‘visitor’. There is also a ‘choice tree’ to help you identify what is a fresh expression of church.

The finance form

The 2016 finance form is in the same format as that for 2015.

Need extra forms?

You can also download PDF versions of the Membership and Finance Forms, together with the accompanying guidance notes at the CofE Parish Returns website.

For more information

Contact Marion Tunwell in the Finance Team.

January 2017