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Supporting other parishes

Published: 25th April 2024

A number of churches across the Diocese overpay their Ministry Share as a way of supporting other parishes, with these extra contributions forming part of the Ministry Support Fund.

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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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Thinking about church finances during Lent

Published: 14th February 2024

This article from the diocesan stewardship team looks at some practical ways to think about money in our churches during Lent.

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How your accounts can help your church

Published: 1st February 2024

As we begin a new year, our fantastic treasurers will be busy preparing the annual accounts for our churches. As with all charities, including PCCs, these are required by law, however, using your accounts well can be of real benefit to your church and give the PCC confidence in the decisions they are making.


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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First churches in Greater Dudley deanery awarded funds to aid Renewal plans

Published: 17th January 2024

Kingswinford with Wall Heath and St John in Halesowen are the first churches to have national funding released.

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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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The Parish Giving Scheme continues to help our churches

Published: 11th December 2023

Through your generous donations, the Parish Giving Scheme has processed nearly £1.5 million of donations and Gift Aid for our churches in 2023.  

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Resources for preaching generosity

Published: 22nd November 2023

One of the main reasons that people do not give to their church is simply that they are not asked. This ask needs to come in many forms, individual and personal, but also within a church’s general preaching and teaching. Here are some resources from the Stewardship Team to help with this.

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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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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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How to access a free will from The Church of England

Published: 20th October 2023

The Church of England has partnered with Farewill to enable people to write their will for free.

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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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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.


Charities Act 2022 – latest updates

Published: 15th June 2023

The second part of the Charities Act 2022 came into force on the 14 June this year and it could help your church’s finances.


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. 


New diocesan Director of Finance

Published: 13th April 2023

Shaun Mooney has been appointed as the new Director of Finance for the Diocese.


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.


National Church commits significant long-term funding to our diocese

Published: 17th March 2023

The national church has agreed in principle to allocate significant funding to our diocese over the next seven years, investing in our plans to grow as Kingdom People and supporting the priorities agreed by the Diocesan Synod.

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West Worcester Beacon Benefice’s Three New Worshipping Communities

18th June 2024

One of our four new priorities is to create 100 New Worshipping Communities by 2030. West Worcester Beacon have three New Worshipping Communities: Breakfast Church, Wild church and All Together....

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