In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability… They gave themselves first of all to the LORD, and then by the will of God also to us. – 2 Cor. 8:2-5

The Generous Giving team seeks to help churches across the diocese to embrace a life of Christ-like generosity, by helping to change both the way in which people give and how much they give.

News and events

Christian Aid’s Contactless Giving Spring campaign

Christian Aid are inviting churches to take part in raising funds for the Cyclone Idai appeal and Christian Aid Week by hosting a GBx Core contactless payment device free of charge in their church. Participating churches will have the option to buy the device at a discounted price once the campaign has ended.

The criteria for churches wishing to participate is:
• A working plug socket near to where they wish to place the unit (to recharge the unit)
• Wi-Fi or a mobile phone signal available in the church or nearby
• A passion for raising money for crisis causes supported by Christian Aid
• An interest in introducing contactless giving in their church

To find out more, click here.

Parish Giving Scheme

The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) has been developed by the Church of England as a way of encouraging greater generosity within churches. It is a 21st century solution to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income, namely static giving.

With the help of the Parish Giving Scheme, donors benefit from a system that is secure, confidential and easy to use, while supporting the Church today and for the future.

To find out more, click here.

Funding capital projects

National Churches Trust

If you need funding for a church maintenance or repair project, want to install a toilet or kitchen to improve community facilities, or are seeking early stage funding (such as for a feasibility report) for your place of worship, then the National Churches Trust grant schemes could help you. For more information on their 2019 – 2023 programmes, click here.

External links

FundsOnline is a searchable database of over 8.000 funders. The diocese has a user licence to access this database – to find out more, please contact Julie Jones on 01865 208200.

Action Planning is a specialist consultancy for charities and other not-for-profit organisations, with a particular specialism in Christian charities and churches, that offers expert help and advice on fundraising for major capital appeals. To enquire about a fundraising feasibility study for your capital project, contact David Saint on 01737 814758 or email office@actionplanning.co.uk

Contactless donations

Churches in the diocese can now purchase card readers and contactless donation units at discounted rates through the Parish Buying website.

Attended units

These are ideal for wedding fees or hall hire. The small card reader works alongside a smart phone or tablet. When someone wants to pay or donate, an app is opened on the phone or tablet, and it sends instructions to the card reader using Bluetooth. The payment can then be made using either Chip and PIN or a contactless ‘tap’.

Unattended units

These are self-service devices allowing a donation to be made. They can be used without a mobile or Wi-Fi signal, making them ideal for churches in rural locations. Some devices can be secured so that they can be left in an empty building; others cannot, so are best used only where the building is staffed or for retiring collections.

For more information, visit the Parish Buying website or contact Julie Jones on 01865 208288.


Legacy giving

Legacies form a vital funding stream for many charities and increasingly the local church can be a beneficiary of the generosity of former members. PCCs are encouraged to have a legacy policy and to make information about legacies available in the church.

For more information, visit the Parish Resources page on Legacy Giving or contact the National Legacy and Funding Officer, Eleanor Stead

Resources

Living Generously

The Diocese of Oxford has produced seven reflections on the theme of living generously, based on the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet.

You can download them in pdf format here, or to request printed copies free of charge, please email generosity@oxford.anglican.org

Giving Checklist

The Giving Checklist enables churches to review how effective they are at encouraging giving within the church, during the service, on their website and on social media. We recommend that reviews are undertaken by the PCC, or by a relevant sub-group, such as the stewardship committee.

For help or advice on undertaking a review of your church’s giving, please contact the Generous Giving team.


Resources for rural parishes

During 2019, we plan to develop resources aimed at addressing the specific financial challenges faced by rural parishes. Meanwhile, we recommend the giving guide for small or rural parishes, available from the Parish Resources website.

See also Rural parishes


Other generous giving resources

The Parish Resources website has lots of information on how to encourage generous giving in your church. There are specific guides on how to encourage and set up different forms of giving, as well as examples of programmes, leaflets, films and sermon outlines.

The Giving in Grace website features comprehensive resources to help churches develop a rounded approach to biblically-based stewardship and create a culture of generous giving.

Giving Conference – Greyfriars, Reading – Saturday 9th February 2019

Following the success of the first Giving Conference in Oxford last year, we hosted another Giving Conference in the Reading archdeaconry in February. Topics included the Parish Giving Scheme, legacy giving, contactless giving and grant-making trust funding.

For copies of the presentations, please see below:

Parish Giving Scheme

Legacy funding

Generosity Fika

Contactless Giving

Grant-making trusts

For further information, contact Julie Jones on generosity@oxford.anglican.org or telephone 01865 208288.