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Online Returns

The information page for Statistics for Mission (SfM), Parish Finance Return (PFR), Parish information Return (PDCS) and Annual Meeting (APCM) Return.

National Church ask for Statistics for Mission (SfM), Parish Finance Return (PFR) and Energy Footprint Tool (EF) to be completed annually. This can be done online using the Online Parish Returns System, or by sending it to the Diocese by email ( or by post 53 New Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1AT.

The Diocese requires the Annual Meeting Return, which should contain the Electoral Roll number and Parish Information. This can be done through using the Parish Data Collection Service (PDCS), or by sending it to the Diocese by email ( or by post 53 New Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1AT.

Please select from the following to find out more.

  • Parish Information Return (PDCS)

    Parish Information Return is the term used for when we ask for contact information for all appointed parish roles, and consent for the Diocese to store and use these details. It should be submitted soon after the APCM and updated with changes. 

    Parish Data Collection Service (PDCS) replaces the Parish People Return. PDCS is an online system, used for when there is a new person starting. The Parish Information Officer (PIO) is the person with an account and they log into the system (PDCS ( to input the new person's email. If your details are already in the system and you would like to notify us of a change to your role, change of conatct details or preferences to consent to sharing, please let the Database Team know. 

    To register an account for PDCS as the Parish Information Officer, please email the Database Team.

  • Annual Meeting Return

    Parishes are required to advise the Diocese of the revised Electoral Roll number each year. Please complete this form and email to the Database Team.

    *Coming soon an Annual Returns Vestry Wall Reminder Poster, which sumarises all the returns for the year in a calendar format, as a useful reminder.*

    Please send the Diocese the audited and approved Parish Accounts, the Independent Examiners Certificate and the APCM report by 30th June.

    by post to Parish Accounts, Finance Dept, 53 New Street, Chelmsford Essex CM1 1AT

    Or email

    Please send one copy of each document to us. We will share them with the Archdeacons so there is no need to take copies to the Visitation service.

Questions and Answers

If you cannot see your question answered, please call or email the Data Team using the details at the bottom of the page.

  • Can I use the provided username and password to register 3 times for the 3 churches in our parish?

    The registration details can only be used once to create one 'master' account per parish.

    Once this is done sub accounts relating to the individual churches in the parish can be created, with the details of the responsible individuals, so that they can have separate accounts to make the returns.

    This is why it is advised that parishes set up the 'master' account with a generic email address, rather than an individuals personal address, so that it can be administered in the future as post holders change.

For more information or to report anything wrong with this page please contact Statistics Team