Parish stewardship resources


The Parish Resources Team are here to support parishes in our diocese with income development and cost management together with ensuring that parish access to the diocesan services is co-ordinated and integrated.

As Christians we all have a responsibility to be good stewards by overseeing, managing and optimising the resources at our disposal.  This responsibility stems outwards from each of us to the collective, the foundations from which well-resourced, prudent churches are built. By building supportive relationships with parishes and clergy the Resources team and diocesan staff will support parishes to encourage a generous culture and build, “Flourishing congregations, making a difference” which is one of the visible outcomes of the diocesan vision of Growing in God.                                               

Our aim is to help our parishes access the information and resources from within and outside the diocese to:

  • Reduce operating costs within our churches (insurance, utilities, fees, etc).
  • Sustain and increase parish income to help support mission, ministry, and community outreach by offering a variety of ways to give for a variety of audiences (Parish Giving Scheme, online giving, contactless giving, legacies).
  • Apply for grants and funding for community projects and your church buildings (urgent repairs, installation of toilets and kitchens, a re-ordering for a more community-friendly space, or conserving historic treasures).
  • Maximise financial transparency (how we spend money and how much we spend).
  • Develop financial controls and planning that allows us to look confidently towards the future.
  • Encourage and promote a culture of generosity, including the sharing of our talents and time in our parishes, benefices, and deaneries which includes building networks across the diocese to share ideas, good news stories and good practice.
  • Provide training opportunities to treasurers and other parish postholders.

Training – PCC Workshop Programme 2022

We would like to help our volunteers in parishes to feel more connected and supported by the diocese and invite you to join us for a series of topic-based zoom meetings facilitated by diocesan staff.  These will be available to PCCs (treasurers, churchwardens, administrators, and clergy).  Diocesan staff and parish ‘experts’ will share information and knowledge in these sessions in the format of a short presentation or Q&A format, both followed by your questions.  Please book to attend these free sessions on topics such as Funding & Grants, Parish Giving Scheme (with PGS CEO), Festival of Suffolk Photography, and Legacies on Eventbrite here (more topics to follow).  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Podd.

Resources

Contacts

Beccy Hills, Parish Grants & Funding Advisor | Tel: 07702079051            

Julie Podd, Parish Resources Manager | Tel: 07826556186

 

Very Practical Guide to Stewardship | PDF

Webinars booking | Weblink

 

Contacts

Name and email Role Telephone Mobile
Gary Peverley Finance Director 01473 298575 07879 634525
Julie Podd Parish Resources Manager 01473 298555 07826 556186
Beccy Hills Parish Grants & Funding Advisor   07702 079051

 

Helpful links

Build a generous church – Church of England website | Weblink

Generosity Learning Hub  | Weblink

Webinars and Training - National Giving Team  | Weblink 

Parish Resources: resources to support all aspects of stewardship, administration and management in the local church | Weblink

Parish Buying: Church of England procurement service | Weblink

Understanding Parish Share  | Weblink

Treasurer Forum: All treasurers are encouraged to join our thriving online treasurer community | Weblink

Parish Returns – information about returns parishes need to complete | Weblink

Generosity Learning Hub | Weblink

Generosity Toolkit: here

Stewardship Flourishing Congregations Making a Difference March 2021

 


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