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A people with hearts on fire, loving God, walking with Jesus and led by the Spirit

Parish Support Fund

Resourcing God’s mission in Southwark Diocese

One of the great things about the Church of England is that we work together.  Rather than each church paying for its own vicar and all the other costs of ministry, we pool our resources with richer parishes supporting poorer ones.  This means we can put clergy in the places where they are needed most.  So a more affluent parish with fewer people in it may have a half-time priest, while a less affluent inner city parish may need a full-time priest.

Here in Southwark Diocese we have implemented a new way of seeking to fund the work of our parishes.  From January 2016 parishes are invited to support the shared responsibilities we have as a Diocese by making a pledge to the Parish Support Fund.  Parishes are asked to make a pledge (that is a commitment to pay a certain amount for the year) which is realistic, challenging and generous.

The Parish Support Fund should not be seen as an excuse to give less.  Giving provides the resources for mission and ministry in every parish in our Diocese.  Our PCCs right across our Diocese are responsible and accountable to each other for how much they give.

An information pack to help parishes consider their pledge has been now been sent to all PCC Secretaries.  This information includes: 

  • a booklet explaining how the Parish Support Fund works; what your contribution pays for and how to make a proposed pledge
  • a DVD explaining the Parish Support Fund and illustrating mission and ministry in some of our parishes.  This would be best used as part of a PCC meeting or perhaps in the ‘sermon slot’ on a Sunday morning.  It is about 11 ½ minutes long and you can watch it at the top of this page.
  • a briefer leaflet on the Parish Support Fund to help members of your PCC and of your congregation to understand this new way of funding mission and ministry in our Diocese. 
  • an information sheet, specific to your parish, which shows the indicative costs of ministry for your parish.  It also shows your parish’s Fairer Shares assessments for the past three years
  • some suggested discussion points for your PCC as an aid to developing your pledge to the Parish Support Fund.  This is not an exhaustive list but will give you some pointers
  • a parish income form to help you identify all the areas of income in your parish
  • a pledge form which should be returned to your Archdeacon by Tuesday 30 June

You can also download a set of stewardship Bible studies which aim to help parishes explore what it means to be generous

Parish Support Fund Events

Please come and hear good news stories and also about new initiatives being developed for parishes, schools, Deaneries and wider communities.  The Diocese is also keen to hear about your experience of the Fund, so please bring your views and questions so that we can work together to generously support our Diocesan family.  Incumbents, PCC Secretaries, Treasurers, Churchwardens and anyone else interested are very welcome to attend.  If you can’t attend the meeting in your Archdeaconry, you will be welcome on any of the other dates. 

All meetings start at 7:30pm (with refreshments from 7:00pm) and will finish by 9:00pm.

Date

Archdeaconry

Venue

Tues 31 Jan

Croydon

St Nicholas, Sutton
St Nicholas Way
London SM1 1ST

Thurs 9 Feb

Reigate

St Peter, Limpsfield
High Street, Limpsfield
Surrey RH8 0DG

Mon 20 Feb

Reigate

St Matthew, Redhill
Station Road, Redhill
Surrey RH1 1DL

Wed 22 Feb

Lambeth

St Peter, Clapham
Manor Street Clapham
London SW4 6BX

Tues 14 Mar

Lewisham & Greenwich

St Laurence, Catford
Bromley Road
London SE6 2TS

Wed 15 Mar

Wandsworth

All Saints, Kingston upon Thames
The Market Square, Kingston upon Thames
Surrey  KT1 1JP

Mon 27 Mar

Southwark

St George the Martyr, Southwark
Borough High Street
London SE1 1JD

To give us some idea of numbers, it would be helpful if could you let us know if you are attending by email to psf@southwark.anglican.org or by phone to the Parish Giving Communications Officer, Gabby Parikh on 020 7939 9438.

Further information

For more information contact:

Gabby Parikh
Diocese of Southwark
Trinity House, 4 Chapel Court
Borough High Street
London SE1 1HW

Tel: 020 7939 9400

E-mail Gabby Parikh