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 was introduced in January 2016 in Southwark. Parishes have responded positively and generously to this new scheme over the past five 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).
“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
Parish Support Fund Materials for 2021, including a parish-specific information sheet showing the indicative costs of ministry for your parish, have been now been sent electronically to all PCC Secretaries, Treasurers, and Incumbents, to help parishes consider their pledges.
Watch good news stories funded by the PSF
Parish Support Fund 2020
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All Saints, Plumstead
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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.