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Grants to help with church repairs

Published: 29th February 2024

Parishes will now be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to make repairs to their church buildings thanks to a new funding stream from the national church.

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Bishop John's Lent appeal for 2024

Published: 14th February 2024

Bishop John’s Lent Appeal this year will be for the Friends of the Holy Land.

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Redditch Mission Area helped provide Christmas presents to over 600 children

Published: 13th February 2024

The 12 Anglican churches which make up the new Redditch Mission Area came together for the Make Christmas Special Toy Appeal 2023 providing Christmas gifts to 605 children.

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PGS: One-off gifts, one year on

Published: 18th January 2024

In December 2022 the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) introduced the option for donors to give a one-off gift to a parish and have so far raised over £1.6 million, with the average gift being nearly £200!

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Encouraging generosity in 2024

Published: 4th January 2024

Now we are in January and the busy-ness of Christmas has come to an end, many churches begin planning for the year ahead. Making sure that generosity and stewardship are a part of that plan can be very important in helping your church and community to go forward with confidence this year, improving health and sustainability.  

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Parish Council discretionary grants for churches

Published: 4th January 2024

A change to the law which came into effect on 26 December should make it easier for PCCs to apply to parish councils for funding for items such as churchyard maintenance and clock maintenance.

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Giving at Christmas

Published: 9th November 2023

As we head into Advent and the Christmas season, there will be a host of services and fundraising events taking place in our churches. Make the most of them with some strategies and ideas from our stewardship team.

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Community Matters Fund (Fuel Poverty 2023) is now open for applications

Published: 1st November 2023

This winter, National Grid’s electricity distribution business has teamed up with Localgiving to deliver grants to charitable organisations tackling fuel poverty in their communities.

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Bishop John commends Archbishops' appeal

Published: 30th October 2023

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem and Archbishop Justin are encouraging support for the Anglican ministries in Gaza, Palestine and Israel through donations to the Friends of the Holy Land Appeal. 

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Kingdom People Fund enables contactless giving machine

Published: 24th October 2023

Elmley Castle, Bricklehampton and The Combertons PCC has successfully applied to the Kingdom People Fund for a grant to purchase a contactless giving machine.

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Free training on running a legacy campaign this Autumn

Published: 27th September 2023

The Stewardship and Resources team at the diocesan office, along with Eleanor Stead from the National Church, are running a training course for PCCs who might want to run a campaign to encourage legacies this autumn.  

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£1million received through the Parish Giving Scheme so far this year!

Published: 18th September 2023

Thanks to your generosity, churches across the Diocese have already received over a million pounds in regular giving though the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) this year!

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Ride and Stride 2023

Published: 3rd August 2023

On Saturday 9 September, sponsored cyclists, walkers, drivers and riders across Worcestershire & Dudley will be visiting as many churches as they can to raise money for the local Historic Churches Trust. Will you be taking part?

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Make the most of your fundraisers this summer

Published: 19th July 2023

Summer events are key to building a community of Kingdom People, sharing your mission with your neighbours, and welcoming them into your church. Here we will explore effective strategies and creative ideas to help you make the most of your summer fundraisers.  

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National Lottery Community Fund increases grant sizes to £20,000

Published: 22nd June 2023

From Autumn 2023, the National Lottery Community Fund is increasing both the length of time a project can be funded & also the maximum amount that can be applied for.


Over £4m given through the Parish Giving Scheme

Published: 13th June 2023

Churches across the Diocese have now received over £4 million in regular gifts through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) since it launched in 2019. 


Significant lottery grant for Hampton Lovett church

Published: 12th May 2023

All set for the ‘walls to talk’ and ‘secrets to be revealed’ at St Mary and All Saints church, Hampton Lovett, near Droitwich thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Paying Ministry Share in a rural benefice

Published: 24th March 2023

In 2022, the benefice of Church Lench w Rous Lench & Abbots Morton & Harvington managed to pay their Ministry Share in full, helped with a grant from the Ministry Support Fund. Read more about their story.


Impact of Ministry Share on Netherton Church

Published: 13th March 2023

The Forge group of churches are in a highly populated but very deprived area, with parishioners in the bottom 10% of the country economically. However, during 2022 they were able to considerably increase their income, helped in part by the move to Ministry Share.


New Stewardship Officer

Published: 21st January 2023

Robyn Rooney has been appointed as part-time Stewardship Officer, working from the diocesan office and in parishes to offer support with the Parish Giving Scheme as well as helping with fundraising ideas.

Latest News

A leap day wedding!

29th February 2024

St Mary’s Church in Madresfield was the setting for a leap day wedding on 29 February. The happy couple, Sophie and Steven Mason had waited for this date and worked with the church to have their wedding in Lent....

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