Generous Giving in the Diocese of Oxford

Water into Wine

The Generous Giving team is here to help churches across the diocese embrace a life of Christ-like generosity. We aim to aid you in changing people’s perception of giving to your church with a renewed focus on the Kingdom of God and on your local mission. We can also help you to look at developing the ways people give and how much they give.

The Generous Giving Adviser, Joshua Townson, is available to support you in all of these ways and to discuss any other questions you have about giving and generosity. You can contact him by email or telephone, on 01865 208 757.

And they came, everyone whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and brought the Lord’s offering to be used for the tabernacle and for all its service.

Exodus 35.21

CoVid-19 Coronavirus

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

  • The government has today (29/6) released new advice on handling cash in church. They suggest:
    • Where possible faith leaders should discourage cash donations and continue to use online or contactless giving and resources.
    • Where this is not an option, cash should be collected in a receptacle that is set in one place and handled by one individual, as opposed to being passed around. Regular cleaning and hygiene should be maintained, and gloves worn to handle cash offerings where giving continues.
  • With this in mind you might like to read our pages on contactless donations and online donations.
  • Click here for our advice giving and donations during the crisis from early in lockdown.
  • The Parish Giving Scheme continues to accept registrations from new churches and new donors. New donors can sign up over the telephone (see here) or via the downloadable PDF form (see here).
  • Ecclesiastical Insurance has launched a fundraising hub with some excellent resources for fundraising during and beyond the pandemic.

For any other queries contact the Generous Giving adviser, Joshua Townson, via or telephone: 01865 208 757.

Regular giving

Parish Giving Scheme

Regular giving (stewardship) is fundamental to many churches’ incomes. Click here to read more about regular giving in a Christian context and to find resources for use in your church.

Parish Giving Scheme

The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st century solution to regular giving aimed at reducing administration and combating static giving.

Click here to find out more.

Contactless giving

Online donations

With options including card readers, text & mobile giving and online donations, contactless is one of the fastest growing ways to donate to church.

Click here to find out more.

Click here to learn more about different ways of enabling donations online, through your website or a fundraising website.

Fundraising for capital projects


Capital appeals and fundraising campaigns are when you need to raise large, one-off sums of money for a specific project. Click here to find some resources and ideas for where to start.

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Legacies (gifts left in wills) are an important part of Christian giving. Click here for an introduction to talking about legacies in your church.

Gift Aid and GASDS

Video tutorials

Gift Aid (wide)

Gift Aid and GASDS can increase the value of donations by 25%. Click here for an introduction to the topic and some FAQs.

With more and more churches exploring online donations we want to make this as easy as possible so we are creating a series of short videos tutorials to help. Click here to see the latest videos.

For further information, contact the Generous Giving Adviser for the diocese Joshua Townson on or telephone 01865 208757.