Parish returns

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We need to collect:

  • Statistics for Mission submitted via the Online Parish Returns Portal see below
  • Parish Finance Return submitted via Online Parish Returns Portal see below
  • Energy Footprint tool submitted via the Online Parish Returns Portal see below
  • Archdeacons’ Articles of Enquiry
  • Annual Report and Accounts
  • Electoral Roll Certificate (in accordance with Church Representation Rules)
  • Church Development Tool

Online Parish Returns system: 

Online Parish Returns System | Weblink

If you require login details or any other assistance regarding the online portal please contact the Statistics for Mission team via email.

The Articles of Enquiry, copies of annual accounts, number on your Parish electoral roll and the Finance return need to be submitted by 31 May. This ties in with the deadline of when all parishes should have held their APCMs by.

Summary timeline

Below is a timeline setting out when the various statistical parish returns are expected throughout the year. We hope this helps your planning.


Start Date

Data Return

How to return data

2024 Deadline



Statistics for Mission Return

17 March

1 January

Parish Finance Return



Energy Footprint Return




Parish Share payment deadline update

By cheque or BACS to the DBF

31 January


Annual Report and Accounts submission

Email: or send hard copy to Diocesan Office, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich, IP1 1UQ

31 May



Send Electoral Roll figures after APCMs 

Email: or send hard copy to Diocesan Office, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich, IP1 1UQ

31 May



CMS Place Audit

Via email link


Statistics for Mission

Our preferred method of submission is via the online Parish Returns System here. However, if you experience any difficulty using the system, please email the Statistics for Mission Team on who will be happy to advise you further.

User Guide | PDF

Statistics for Mission Form | PDF

2024 Timeline | PDF

Frequently Asked Questions | PDF

Letter from Gary Peverley | PDF

Padlet resource pack | weblink

Thank you to all parishes who have already submitted their Stats for Mission forms in this year. Please ensure you submit the forms or via the online portal or to the office.

If you are unable to input data using the online portal and would like assistance please contact Alison Barker by email.

Parish Finance Return

Parish Finance Form | PDF

Accounts & Annual Reports

Producing PCC Annual Reports: Church of England guidance on the writing of the formal Annual Report | Weblink

Copies of Parish Account and Annual Reports should be provided directly to the diocese, preferably by email, or alternatively by post.

An example of a completed Annual Reports is available from Parish Resources here

Energy Footprint Tool

The Church of England’s General Synod has set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030.

The easy-to-use Energy Footprint Tool will tell your church of what your "carbon footprint" is, based on the energy you use to heat and light your buildings. This tool is now live and is available to all Church of England churches using:

Online Parish Returns System | Weblink

Energy Footprint Tool Paper Copy | PDF

See video below on how to use the toolkit:

For further information please visit:

Environment | Weblink

Dashboards | Parish Spotlights

The Church of England Research and Statistics team publish the results of this data collection in the form of dashboards and spotlights available here:

Parish data | weblink

Other Helpful Documents

How to Guide for the Online Portal | PDF


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