On 28 February, the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) will be launched in the Diocese at an event for clergy and others.

The PGS has already been adopted by 26 dioceses across the Church of England. It enables individuals to give to their parish church regularly by Direct Debit with an option to increase their donation annually in line with inflation. The scheme aims to encourage generosity, efficiency and regularity in giving; helping the Kingdom of God to grow through the flourishing of properly resourced local churches, giving donors confidence that their money is being used well and helping PCCs to budget effectively.

Following the launch event, a series of briefings will be held throughout the Diocese for treasurers, wardens and other interested parties to find out more about how to get involved and how the PGS could benefit their parish. Stewardship Officer, Alison Maddocks, said: “Static giving is one of the greatest threats to parish income and this scheme aims to change that. Joining the scheme also makes it simple for churches to collect gift aid on donations. I would encourage every PCC to give consideration to introducing it in their parish when they’re next able to run a stewardship campaign.”

Bishop John has endorsed the scheme saying: “Introducing the Parish Giving Scheme in the Diocese of Worcester gives us a great opportunity to consider not only how we give financially but also why we give and how much we give.The experience of others makes clear that, with the right encouragement, this could be the best opportunity for a generation to review what it means to live as financially generous disciples, an opportunity that has the potential transform our efforts to become Kingdom People and play our full part in God’s mission by putting the church on a more financially stable footing.I wholeheartedly commend the Parish Giving Scheme to every parish and to every individual.”

Diocesan Secretary, John Preston said: “Over 33,000 givers are already using the PGS to give to their church, because it makes life easier for them and for their parish. It improves cash flow and combats the issue of static giving. It’s a sure-fire winner and will be a real benefit to our parishes too.”

The launch event takes place on 28 February at St Helen’s Church in Worcester. It will feature Steve Pierce from Liverpool Diocese who is a nationally acclaimed speaker on stewardship and who established the ‘Giving in Grace Scheme’ as well as Helen Richardson, CEO of the Parish Giving Scheme. If you would like to attend this event or find out more about the briefings taking place across the Diocese, please contact Alison Maddocks, Diocesan Stewardship Officer