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.

In this section, you can find more information on:

News and events

CoVid-19

The Generous Giving team is continuing to provide advice/support to parishes during this time.

• For the latest guidance on the Parish Giving Scheme, click here.
• For general financial guidance from the Church of England’s Parish Resources page, including suggestions for churches concerned about cash income, click here

For any other queries, email generosity@oxford.anglican.org or contact the Generous Giving adviser, Joshua Townson, directly on 01865 208757.

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 direct debit system that is secure, confidential and easy to use, while supporting the Church today and for the future.

To find out more, click here.

Contactless giving

Over 1,600 churches and cathedrals are now using card readers purchased through Parish Buying. This equates to 10% of C of E churches that are now equipped to receive card donations and payments – a 240% increase since November 2018. (Source: Parish Buying newsletter December 2019)

Contactless options also include mobile phone giving, text giving and online giving.

For more information on how your church could benefit from contactless donation technology, click here.




Opposite: Bishop Steven donates to the Oxford clergy fund using a contactless offering plate. (Photo credit – Julie Jones)

Funding capital projects

Capital appeals and fundraising campaigns to raise large, specific sums of money are not part of the everyday experience of most churches and so they can be daunting. Whilst the Generous Giving team does not offer specialist advice in this area, here are a few ideas that may be helpful:

FundsOnline is a searchable database of over 8.000 funders. The diocese has a licence to access this database for grant-making trusts that match your project’s criteria. To find out more, contact Joshua Townson on 01865 208757.

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.

The Good Exchange is another possibility worth investigating. One application form is shared with many different potential funders, saving considerable time and effort. There is also the possibility of receiving a matched funding grant. Click here for more information.

The Listed Places of Worship (LPW) grant scheme gives grants that cover the VAT incurred in making repairs to listed buildings in use as places of worship. The scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated professional fees, plus repairs to turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs. Click here for more information.

Action Planning is a specialist consultancy for charities and other not-for-profit organisations, with particular expertise in Christian charities and churches. To enquire about a fundraising feasibility study for your capital project, contact David Saint on 01737 814758 www.actionplanning.co.uk

Legacy fundraising

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

Generous Giving Conference (Buckinghamshire) – Sat 29th February

Thank you to those who attended the conference on Saturday; wonderful to spend time thinking about how we can enable giving and generosity in our churches.

Copies of the presentations are below:

  • Parish Giving Scheme – coming soon
  • Grant-making trust fundraising – click here
  • Legacy giving – click here
  • Contactless giving – click here

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 adviser for the diocese, Joshua Townson, on 01865 208757.


Other generous giving resources

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.

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.

For further information, contact the Generous Giving Adviser for the diocese Joshua Townson on joshua.townson@oxford.anglican.org or telephone 01865 208757.