Parish treasurers, churchwardens and clergy from around the Diocese gathered in Oundle on Thursday 20th June and in Moulton on Wednesday 26th June for the launch of the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) for the Diocese of Peterborough.
Helen Richardson, Chief Executive of the PGS, and Victoria James, the Chair of Trustees, introduced the scheme.
The Diocese has taken the decision to wind down, and eventually close, its existing planned-giving scheme and replace it with the PGS. The PGS is a Direct Debit scheme which gives donors greater security and control of their giving, and offers the unique benefit of allowing the giver to choose to increase their giving annually, in line with inflation. Regular giving can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, and is returned to individual parishes by the PGS. The PGS also reclaims Gift Aid on behalf of each parish.
The scheme has been running for 10 years, and there are currently 28 Dioceses and over 34,000 individual donors within the Church of England who are using the scheme, with 55% of those donors choosing to increase their gifts each year by the inflationary measure.
The scheme is now available to any parish in the Diocese that would like to take advantage of it. All parishes who use the existing Diocesan scheme will be contacted about switching over the coming months.
Bishop Donald said that the PGS would enable parishes to “feel healthy and more confident – parishes need that assurance and stability. We’re here to bless the world by building up Christians to go out and serve. One of the ways we do this is via giving. If people learn to love giving, they’ll be deeply discipled – deeply Christian”.
“I’ve read all of the information about PGS and seen the presentation. I think PGS is excellent and I commend it to you. Please use it!”
The PGS presentation given at the launch events can be accessed here.