Testimonials

Carolyn Allen, Stewardship Promoter

St James Church, Pokesdown

The Parish Giving Scheme really helps maintain cash flow, with no effort involved for Treasurers. PGS makes it easier to budget, based on committed, regular income, and is simple to set up and run. I thoroughly recommend it.

Carolyn Allen, Stewardship Promoter
St Andrews with St Peters, South Shoebury

The Parish of South Shoebury

Since adopting PGS in the Parish, not only has it regularised a large section of our giving, but it has enabled us to drop the use of Giving Envelopes. Our Gift Aid reclaim is now limited to a few large donations, again saving us time and effort.

St Andrews with St Peters, South Shoebury
David Anderson, Church Warden

St Cuthbert’s Church, Blyth

We launched PGS on Sunday 15 March 2020 – just before COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. Over the following few weeks, we had 27 requests to join the PGS. Of these, 11 were parishioners who normally give via standing order, but I am pleased to say that 16 of our envelope givers were able to move across to PGS too. This was a big success for us, and has helped to sustain our giving during this time.

David Anderson, Church Warden
Tim Render, Treasurer

St John’s Church, Hinckley

We were enthusiastic joiners of the scheme and it was amazing to see how simply the scheme worked from then on. We’ve had a gradual increase in the number of people giving through direct debit, and we’ve also used it when somebody new joins our church family. Our response is always - would you like to join the PGS? A large majority of our regular givers now use PGS, which has been a huge benefit to us and our work for God in Hinckley - less administration, improved cash flow, and automatic annual reminders for givers that inflation affects the church too!

Tim Render, Treasurer
The Rt Rev'd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester

Diocese of Gloucester

A fabulous and well-run scheme, which enables me to contribute financially to what God is doing in the Diocese of Gloucester. I love the fact that the administration is done for me and I know that my financial giving will automatically be increased in line with inflation.

The Rt Rev'd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester
John Sands, PCC Treasurer

Cradley Church

The Scheme brought visible and immediate benefits to our church. A lot of people both reviewed and increased their giving. Around 15 existing givers switched from standing orders to the PGS and 9 new planned givers (who weren’t previously giving regularly to the church) also joined the Scheme. Overall, I would say that our monthly income from planned giving increased by c. 30%. Two years later, half of our PGS donors have increased their giving in line with inflation, thanks to the automatic reminder.

John Sands, PCC Treasurer
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