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Parish Resources -

This site is provided by the Church of England’s National Stewardship & Resources team and offers over 400 pages of resources (web & pdf) to support all aspects of stewardship, administration and management in the local church, as well as links to other sites and pages of interest:

  • PCCs - Resources for PCC members (as charity trustees), registering with the Charity Commission, GDPR & APCM forms.
  • People - Resources to help you develop gifts and talents, employ staff, work with volunteers, safeguarding and more.
  • Administration - A range of practical guidance to support aspects of parish administration and management
  • Parish Finance - Resources for treasurers - tips for new treasurers, support on producing accounts, managing risk and reserves.
  • Gift Aid - A range of Gift Aid factsheets including action parishes need to take in 2015 including the Small Donations Scheme.
  • Buying - Find out about the Parish Buying initiative which provides contracts and guidance to save parishes time and money.
  • Giving – Resources to encourage giving, on Giving for Life . Help for Parish Giving Officers, and for nurturing legacy giving.
  • Buildings - Lots of resources on caring for your church buildings, funding them, and running Friends Schemes,
  • Other - A range of other resources. You can also order resources from this site.

Parish Giving Scheme –

The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a Direct Debit donation management system offered to support parishes fund their mission and ministry.

It reduces the burden of work on parish volunteers and provides a professional service to donors. It enables you to:

  • Donate monthly, quarterly or annually by Direct Debit
  • To sign up to inflation-proof giving annually
  • To enhance your gift to the parish by having Gift Aid at 25% added
  • To give anonymously if you prefer
  • To do so securely

Parish Buying -

A buying service set up by the Church, for the Church. Contracts and discounts are available to all parishes, cathedrals and dioceses in the Church of England.

This includes:

  • Energy
  • Covid-19 supplies
  • Led lights
  • Photocopiers
  • Phone & broadband
  • Insurance
  • Office products
  • IT
  • Fire safety
  • Church supplies
  • Giving and payments
  • Gdpr e-learning
  • Event management
  • Furniture
  • Audio visual

Other helpful links

Key phone numbers and email addresses

Diocesan Office
53 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AT - 01245 294400

Sandra Turner DAC Secretary - 01245 294423

Safeguarding Administrator
01245 294438 or out of hours 01245 294444

Key Local Documents

Churchyard Handbook Diocese of Chelmsford 2020

Transforming Presence

Other Resources

Churchwardens Year Book-

Churchwardens: A Survival Guide-The Office and Role of Churchwardens in the 21st Century
By: Martin Dudley and Virginia Rounding

So the Vicar’s Leaving: The Good Interregnum Guide
By: Mike Alexander and Jeremy Martineau

Practical Church Management: A Guide for Every Parish
By: James Behrens

The Churchwarden’s Handbook: A Practical Guide
By: Ian Russell and Helen Elliot

Management Essentials For Christian Ministries
By: Michael J. Anthony and James Estep (eds.)

How to Look After Your Church
By: Council for the Care of Churches

The Churchyards Handbook (Conservation & Mission)
By: Council for the Care of Churches

Sounds Good: A Guide to Church Organs, For Incumbents, Churchwardens and PCCs 
By: Council for the Care of Churches

A Handbook for Churchwardens and the PCC K M Macmorran & T Briden (2006 revision)

For more information please contact Revd Andy Griffiths
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