Stewardship advice We believe that Stewardship is about much more than simply financial transactions. We believe that it is the careful use of all that God gives us – money, time, our talents and gifts – and is a key part of our being a disciple of Jesus. We believe we are called to live generously in response to all that our generous God has given us. Because of this we have developed a ‘Stewardship Creed’. We believe that... all things come from God, and of his own do we give him giving is to resource the whole mission of the Church, not just to balance the books such giving is from the household of God, not the general public giving flows from discipleship the Diocesan Office (Edward King House) exists to serve and enable the diocese (the Church of England across greater Lincolnshire) to transform lives leaders need to lead by their example and their teaching some approach to proportionate giving (often known as ‘tithing’) is a sound biblical principle In all we do we aim to help parishes and individuals answer this call to generous living. We can help you through: personal visits to your PCC meeting, ministry team gathering, Deanery Synod or another group to discuss your needs directly and seek solutions for your local context campaign materials that facilitate parishes in holding a Giving Review a series of leaflets entitled Generous Living introducing different stewardship themes to help parishes and mission communities to plan a holistic and well-rounded stewardship policy offering resources to help incumbents with preaching on giving and providing guest speakers for other events to speak on aspects of Christian stewardship advice on fundraising campaigns. Parish Giving Scheme The Parish Giving Scheme was officially launched in the Diocese in October 2018 and is available free of charge to all parishes across the Diocese who wish to use it. The Parish Giving Scheme offers individual parishes the facility for all who wish to give money regularly to do so by Direct Debit, the simplest and cheapest and most effective way to give, and it handles the Gift Aid on those gifts. PGS Launch Presentation (PDF file) Parish Giving Scheme Implementation Handbook If you are interested in any aspect of Stewardship please contact the Stewardship Officers: Hugo Cobham (covering the south of the diocese): Email: [email protected] Phone: 07885 96 86 08 or Jane Hodgson (covering the north of the diocese): Email: [email protected] Phone: 07701 36 44 61 Digital Giving Card Devices – Churches who host a Wedding or a Baptism often see large numbers of people through the doors but how often have you noticed that guests no longer have any cash on them? Many people today, especially the younger generation, are used to paying for everything using a card. So wouldn’t it be good if we could offer the option of Giving in a way that they are comfortable with and used to? The Church of England has through Parish Buying, worked with various suppliers to offer discounted prices on card readers for your church. The range includes small hand held units, larger table top units that can be secured into furniture and even a new brass collection plate that will take cash as well as contactless donations. Please register with Parish Buying using the link https://www.parishbuying.org.uk/. It’s free and only takes a few minutes and then you will be able to view the full range of the units under the “Contactless Donations” category. QR Codes – An inexpensive, versatile, and easy set-up option to start accepting contactless donations from smartphone users in your church. A QR code is a unique code made up of small black and white squares that can be read by the camera or a QR code reader on a smartphone. It can be printed onto anything that you print on paper, such as a pew card, an order of service, parish magazine, poster, banner or card. To get your free QR code, please visit and register at https://www.parishbuying.org.uk/ Text Giving – This type of digital giving is useful for one-off fundraising events, for churches in areas where tourists drop in, and for events with lots of young people present. Click here to view our Text Giving Guidance Giving On-Line - There are a number of website donation platforms that enable people to donate on-line using debit and credit card, Payment Service Providers (PSP), as well as setting up direct debits and reclaiming Gift Aid. Click here to view our guidance on Receiving Online Donations Legacies Legacies are a lifeline for our parishes. For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God. It is also a way to make a lasting difference to the future of their church and community. Some detailed guidance is below:- https://www.parishresources.org.uk/legacies/ https://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/ Useful links Parish Resources– a website to support all aspects of stewardship, administration and management in the local church. Parish Buying service– a resource set up by the national Church to save parishes time and money. Also now available are all the Contactless Card readers and savings on Energy baskets and Insurance.