Reflections on Living Generously

The Diocese of Oxford’s Generous Giving Adviser, Jonathan de Bernhardt Wood, has produced seven reflections on living generously, based on the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet. You can download them here, and if you want printed copies of them then

Case Study: Talking about Legacy Giving in Church

From 10th – 16th September, Remember a Charity in your Will is raising awareness about the importance of gifts in wills and encourage you to consider how you can include a charity in your will, once family and friends have

Card Readers Now Available

Following a national trial of contactless card readers, the Parish Buying service now has contracts with two companies: SumUp and iZettle. Church of England parishes are able to buy card readers at a discount through the Parish Buying website and use them

GDPR and the Electoral Roll

Following several enquiries about GDPR and if it affects the Electoral Roll, below is the answer from our legal team: The forms are prescribed and included as part of the Church Representation Rules, (part of the Synodical Government Measure 1969). If they

What Happens When Fundraising is Successful?

Firstly, celebrate; it will no doubt have been a long and arduous process. So take time to celebrate both with your fundraising team and with the rest of the church community. Then plan a launch event, this will give you

Funding Application Advice

When I was (not) studying English Literature to “O” level standard (and failing twice) we had to discover the works of John Keats. Unfortunately “Ode to Autumn” did not appear in the examination papers (June or November retake) so I

National Card Reader Trial for Parishes

We are running a national trial for accepting card payments, including contactless, for fees and payments such as hall and room hire as well as for donations. The volunteer churches will be testing the card-readers for several months, and will feed

Changes to Grants for Places of Worship

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced major changes to the way in which churches apply for funding, including the closure of the Grants for Places of Worship scheme later this year. The Church and Cathedrals Building Division has produced a

New APCM forms for 2017

We’ve recently uploaded new nomination forms for use at your 2017 APCMs. You’ll need to use these at your APCMs this year as the law surrounding eligibility to serve as a Churchwarden, PCC Member or Deanery Synod Member have changed in the

New Sources of Funding

HLF: Resilient Heritage Programme On 28th July, the Heritage Lottery Fund launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help organisations and partnerships build their resilience. The programme will fund a range of tailored activity specifically designed to help your

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