Parish Finance Forum


Parish Finance Forum

In response to requests from treasurers in the Bristol Diocese, we’ve set up an online forum on a trial basis. This forum will create a space for church finance officers and volunteers to ask questions, share ideas, and get timely updates on urgent information such as grant deadlines. We hope that, over time, this will form a bank of helpful answers to common questions around topics including contactless giving, fees or parish returns. Feel free to ask the forum for ideas on best practice, eg ‘How did you introduce PGS at your church?’. You are also encouraged to respond if there is a query you know the answer to, eg ‘Do you have the link to the HMRC gift aid changes form?’. The giving advisers and finance team will  monitor the forum to make sure any information shared is correct and up-to-date. Questions that are confidential or relevant to one parish only, eg querying parish share requests, or asking for a new standing order form, should be sent by email to the finance team or Giving Adviser in the usual way.

 

Who is it for?

The forum is primarily aimed at treasurers, PGS co-ordinators and gift aid officers, but anyone with an interest in Parish Finance is welcome to join. The more people that join in, the more useful it will be to everyone. It is a private forum so you’ll need to apply to join. Information will not be viewable to the general public, however it could be seen by a wide range of people from the Diocese. We hope that the forum will be helpful for new treasurers trying to find answers to questions big or small; and so we also hope that experienced treasurers will join and offer the benefit of their wide experience!

The success of the forum will be reviewed after six months, and it will only be continued if it is felt to be well used by and useful to parishes.

 

How do I join?

Click here to join.

1.       If you already have a google account, you can skip the next step, otherwise it will say ‘you don’t have access’.

2.       Click on ‘Try logging in’ and create an account. You can use another email address but you’ll need to create a free google account to link to it and use the forum.

4.       Once you have logged into a google account, go to the group home page where you can click ‘apply to join the group’

5.       You can change your name by unlinking to the Google profile (so you might want to be ‘Bob, St Mary’s, Anytown’)

6.       Choose if you want updates of every post, just daily summaries, or none at all. (You can change this whenever you like).

7.     So we know that people are genuinely from parishes in the Bristol Diocese, please add your full name, church, parish, and role title in ‘reason for joining’

8.       Click on ‘ask to join’. A request to join will now go to the admins – it may take a few days for a reply.

9.       You will get an email as soon as your request is approved, and can now post questions and replies.

 

Any issues, do contact us!