Administration of Parish Finance

Through the links below you will find a range of materials designed to help Treasurers, PCCs and Incumbents to navigate the good financial stewardship of church life in the diocese

What is Parish Share?

  • The Church of England rejoices in its calling to serve every person, in every neighbourhood, in the name of Christ.
  • Under the leadership of the Bishop each PCC takes responsibility for the life of their own church and shares in the work and resources of the Deanery and the Diocese as a whole.
  • The Parish Share is the voluntary financial contribution of every parish to the life of the Diocese.
  • It is both a sign of interdependence and of mutual responsibility for the sustenance and flourishing of ministry and mission.

Good Practice Guidance for PCCs in Managing Cash and Bank Accounts

A checklist for PCCs and their Treasurers in managing cash and bank accounts - Financial Checklist for the PCC

Parish Resources especially for Treasurers

This is an excellent website, supporting stewardship in the local church and all it's resources are free. It includes material for those who preach and teach as well as resources for parish treasurers, information to encourage giving, funding for special projects, Gift Aid and much more -

PCC Guide to Parish Reserves

A good practice guide for managing parish reserves -

Receipts and Payments Accounts Spreadsheet

For parishes who need a simple document for their accounts, in the receipts and payments format (either as a spread sheet (excel document) or for completion by hand (pdf document). This document is designed to relate to the Return of Parish Finance, and the notes for that form will help to complete it. You may want to add other headings or attach more detailed tables. Please remember to send to the Diocesan Office a copy of all the reports and tables which are presented to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Excel Spreadsheet and Pdf Spreadsheet

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Forms

PCCs have recently been receiving letters from banks asking them to fill in a form in relation to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

These are not straightforward indeed the legislation is complex, different banks use different forms, and the identification numbers that they seek (tax identification, HRMC charity number, Charity Commission registration number) varies between PCCs. See FATCA guidance via Parish Resources website

Annual Finance Returns

The Church of England collects statistics from each church about its finance and attendance in order to build up a picture by locality, diocese and across the country. Go to this page to submit your parish finance returns.

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