Here to help...
The Stewardship advisers are here to support parishes in the many and varied aspects of Stewardship including advice on aspects of giving, assistance with basic legal and governance issues; training in related areas such as gift aid, and stewardship programmes from resource development to speaking at services and PCC meetings.
For all enquiries relating to advice and assistance on all aspects of stewardship please contact one of our stewardship advisers;
All are located in the Leeds Office and are very willing to come out to parishes to discuss any issues, plans and possibilities.
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme Update - claiming under the scheme just got simpler!
Following changes to the Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) arising from the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017, guidance to parishes has been updated:
Key changes to the scheme are that for donations received from April 6th 2017:
- the Community Buildings element of the scheme will operate in a similar way to the core 'top-up' element. This means that parishes need no longer worry about 10 people being present in a service, wall-safe donations will count for all churches, as will donations received outside of the building.
- Contactless donations can now be included. This will currently be irrelevant for most churches, although it is becoming a viable option, and we've just released a case study on the digital giving page on the parish resources website.
- qualification requirements have been simplified so that providing charities have not incurred a penalty relating to a Gift Aid or GASDS claim in the current or previous tax year they will be able to use the scheme, subject to the qualifying amount of Gift Aid being claimed.
- parishes can claim on one part of the scheme or the other, but not both.
Full guidance and detailed advice on how to maximise claims under the scheme can be found at the small donations section of the parish resources website.
Gifts of Faith, Hope and Love - new legacy resource
Gifts of Faith, Hope and Love is a new guide from the Church of England for 2017 and provides both spiritual and practical information on how to include a gift in your will. It is a guide to writing your will, to reflect your Christian Faith.
Click here for a pdf version of the booklet.
The Stewardship Funding and Development Team will have a few copies but you can order your own, free, via the church legacy website at www.churchlegacy.org.uk/
The Church of England has launched a new short film entitled ‘A Lasting Difference’ explaining how gifts in wills can help to transform the lives of our local churches and communities. Click here to see the film.
Giving for Life: Continuing The Journey
Giving for Life helps parishes review their approach to issues of stewardship and generosity, within a context of discipleship.
At Diocesan Synod in November 2016 Giving for Life was relaunched. Resources have been sent to all parishes and they are being asked to allocate 20-30 minutes of a PCC meeting to evaluate their stewardship strategy and assess where they might improve their adoption of Good Practice.
There are two principal resources to help: a 4 page Leaders Guide introducing the item and a 2-sided sheet for PCC Members. Follow the link Giving for Life - Continuing the Journey to the Church of England Parish Resources site for more information.
The new parish share system with a package of resources and support available for all our churches has recently been launched. Click on the image to see the film and here for more information.
New Share thought to consider from one of our Stewardship Advisers
"Amidst all the discussion about change in the new parish share system I am reminded of that verse in Hebrews that says Jesus ‘is the same yesterday, and today and forever’. It is saying His love for us never changes as He is our rock and our salvation. Our Christian life is really about a personal relationship with Him whatever size of church we belong to and parish share we are requested to contribute.
"There are some things that will not change, Sunday services will still take place, people will want their babies baptised, couples will want to be married and those suffering a loss of a loved one, will want to have a funeral to grieve and say goodbye. There will also be services of celebration at major festivals such as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and Harvest. For all this to continue the church will need funding and the bills paid. This is what the contributions of parish share go towards to keep the Diocese functioning providing a Christian presence in every part.
"As part of the Stewardship Funding and Development team we are here to assist and resource churches to enable them to fulfil their Mission to the parish and wider community. So if you are one of the churches facing a 15% increase in parish share and need help to rise to the challenge, please do get in touch." Paul Winstanley
Parish Buying Scheme
Wakefield Church in Parish buying success. Click here to see film.