One of the great things about the Church of England is that we work together. We have a shared mission to share the love of God in Christ Jesus with all around us. 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.
“The PSF has helped to give us a strong financial base in the Diocese and I very much hope that you will want to help it to continue to do so in the coming years.”Bishop Christopher
What is the PSF?
Working together since 2016
The PSF was introduced in January 2016 in Southwark. Parishes have responded positively and generously to this new scheme over the past six years – thank you. We are all God’s people, and the Diocese of Southwark is like a large family which needs to support each other. That is why the PSF is so important as it helps the parishes to work together and support one another generously.
Our PCCs right across our Diocese are responsible and accountable to each other for how much they give, and we ask each parish to aspire to being self-financing (that is, to cover their indicative costs of ministry).
Principles of the PSF
The PSF is a generosity-based pledge scheme which brings together the principles of:
- informed generosity
- an aspiration to, and encouragement towards becoming self-financing.
These three principles are underpinned by a commitment to transparency and mutual accountability.
How the PSF works (video)
Parish Support Fund 2022
Our Diocesan Secretary writes, “Thank you for your sustained generosity to the Parish Support Fund which has enabled continued strong collections rates rising to over 98% this year.
As we think ahead to 2022, please could I ask you to include the discussion of your 2022 pledge as an agenda item in your PCCS in the months of July, August or September.
We have sent out the 2022 Parish Support Fund material digitally at the beginning of July and asked parishes to send in their pledges by Wednesday 15 September. We appreciate that this will be a tight deadline and financial forward planning may be difficult for you but we hope by then there may be a better sense of how your finances may look for 2022 with rentals etc restarted. Equally without your pledges it will be difficult for us to enable the budget to be presented and discussed by the governance committees ahead of Diocesan Synod. We will be asking you to submit your pledges online, as last year.
If you have any questions please contact Gabby Parikh, our Head of Giving, or your Archdeacon.
Thank you again for enabling us to continue to resource our Diocese’s mission and ministry through your Parish Support fund pledge donations.”