Parish returns

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Each year, parishes are asked to submit information and data to the Church of England nationally.  You can do so via:

Online Parish Returns System | Weblink

Data that can be submitted includes:

  • Return of Parish Finance
  • Statistics for Mission
  • Energy Footprint

If you are unable to input data using the online portal and would like assistance please contact us by email or call 01473 298500.

Return of Parish Finance

Finance Form January to December 2019 | PDF

Finance Form January to December 2019 | XLSX

Online Parish Returns System | Weblink

The deadline for submitting Parish Returns was 31 July 2020.  Thank you to all those parishes who have submitted their details.  Though the deadline has passed, copies of annual accounts and the finance returns can still be emailed to and we would encourage parishes to do so.  If you have any further queries, please contact Lorna Todd in the first instance, who will either assist or direct your enquiry to the most appropriate member of the diocesan office team to respond:

Accounts & Annual Reports

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

Statistics for Mission

Statistics for Mission 2019 Form | DOCX

User Guide | PDF

The deadline for returning Statistics for Mission via the Online Portal has now passed.  This information remains important and can continue to be directly provided to the National Church via email.

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. Read more here.

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

For further information please try the toolkit:

Energy Footprint Toolkit | Weblink

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 which can be obtained by contacting the Diocesan Office: 01473 298500 or by emailing Further resources and census and deprivation data are available to download from the National Church's Research and Statistic team:

Census data | Weblink


Last updated: 29 September 2020