Around 270 people attended the two events in Caistor and Sleaford recently to launch the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) in the Diocese.

The PGS was originally developed by the Diocese of Gloucester to provide a professional, effective donation management system to support parishes in funding their mission and ministry.

However it has since developed and now over half of the Church of England dioceses use it, administering over £2.8 million (including Gift Aid) annually from more than 30,000 donors from over 1,700 parishes. Donations are collected via direct debit and the service is free of charge to the parish.

The Diocese of Lincoln has decided to join PGS having ‘road-tested’ it in 11 parishes over the past year where it has proved to be a useful and effective tool.

Helen Richardson, Chief Executive of PGS gave a presentation to both events. She explained how the scheme works and the benefits it offers for parish officers who administer donations. Importantly, she went on to show the significant increases in giving that PGS has helped to deliver to parishes when introduced as part of a Giving Review.  

Revd. Canon Andrew Dodd at Grimsby Minster, where PGS has been received enthusiastically over the last year, commented: “We were keen to combine the Parish Giving Scheme with a renewed stewardship campaign.  We try to do a gentle reminder every year to the members of our congregation, but we also wanted to do a major review of our giving and it’s worked very well.  We are still in the process of delivering it, but already the people who have signed up have significantly increased their contributions.”

As well as there being material for the audience to take home, the events also gave an opportunity for those attending to reflect upon what they had heard and also to give feedback on their thoughts.  These included responses along the lines of ‘this could really help our church’ and even ‘it’s a no brainer’.

The presentations are available here, along with the PGS Implementation Handbook for Local Churches giving people all the details they need to move forward.

If you want to know more please contact our Stewardship Officer, Hugo Cobham on 01522 50 40 49 or  Email: [email protected]

Pictured below is Helen Richardson, Chief Executive of PGS