The Parish Giving scheme has now been up and running successfully in Durham Diocese and in this parish for some time. During this period of 'lock down' it has become a lifeline for our church finances, as we continue to receive your regular donations directly into our bank account. If you usually donate through the envelope scheme you may be interested to know that the PGS launched a ‘donate by phone’ option meaning givers don’t even have to complete paperwork anymore. You can simply pick up the phone and begin giving to the parish each month with a simple phone call.
One of the PGS administrators will take you through the sign up process – this normally takes around 15 minutes. You will need to have the following information to hand:
• Your personal bank account details
• The name of the parish - North Wearside
• They will need to confirm if you want to increase you gift in line with inflation each year
• Confirm if you are eligible for Gift Aid
• The PGS code for the parish – 13061317
For parishes looking to join the Parish Giving Scheme we have listed the most frequently asked questions…
What is the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)?
It is a new way to give that uses the most secure method of contributing to church – Direct Debit.
Why should we change?
Current cash-based methods of giving are admin-intensive and create unnecessary security worries such as storing cash and moving it to the bank.
What other benefits are there?
The scheme automatically claims any eligible Gift Aid and passes it onto the church every month. Members can also opt to increase their giving in line with inflation each year.
Is PGS only for taxpayers?
No, anyone can use the scheme to give to their church providing they have a UK bank account.
How much does it cost?
They say ‘the best things in life are free’. That is actually the case with the PGS – there is no cost to parishes.