Giving workshops for church leaders to be held in June

First published 24th May 2022

How do we build a new, generous culture?

Five Must-Do Giving Ideas for 2021

First published 19th January 2021

At the start of 2021, here are some ideas to give your parish finances a boost!

Uganda 2020 Appeal raises over £30,000

First published 18th January 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop's Christmas Appeal for Uganda in 2020 raised £33,326 for the Archbishop of Uganda's Emergency Fund.

Rev Runned Challenge raises almost £6,000

First published 14th January 2021

Rev'd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie ran the overall distance of a marathon to raise money for the Lidbrook Group of Churches in Wiltshire, of which she is the Priest in Charge.

Uganda 2020 Appeal

First published 6th October 2020

The Bishops are appealing for help to support clergy families in Uganda 2020 with food and vital supplies this Christmas.

Top tips on how to use your Church Fundraising Handbook

First published 12th May 2020

Your church has been given a Church Fundraising Handbook, but is it gathering dust on a shelf?

Rural Giving Day

First published 7th May 2020

Hosted by North Wiltshire Deanery Tuesday 24 March to 2.30pm at St Mary's Hullavington.

Have you thought of being “Neighbourly”?

First published 21st January 2020

Neighbourly is an online platform connecting businesses with causes. This generally looks like donations of food surplus, volunteer teams going out for a day to join a project, and sometimes funding.

Gift Aid your donations

First published 21st January 2020

As it comes up to the end of the financial year, now is a good time to review Gift Aid, and to make sure that your congregation are making the most of this opportunity.

Parish Giving Scheme continues to grow

First published 19th December 2019

The Parish Giving Scheme is growing across the Diocese with 66 churches and just under 1,100 donors now using the scheme.

Stewardship Update Nov19

First published 15th November 2019

In this stewardship update; FREE Church Fundraising Guide, an updated Diocesan grants guide, a new parish giving scheme resource and contactless giving deals.Church Fundraising Handbook.

Will Aid 2019

First published 23rd September 2019

The Will Aid 2019 scheme is now live - so book now to get your will written. There are hundreds of Will Aid solicitors taking bookings up and down the country.

Free advice for Church treasurers

First published 18th September 2019

Stewardship is offering a free dial-in session is packed with all the latest news and advice, especially for church treasurers. The session, takes place on Wednesday 16 October at 1pm.

Encouraging Generosity workshops 2019

First published 26th June 2019

The Diocese of Bristol is running a series of workshops across September with a focus on a particular aspect of stewardship, along with an update on Parish Share 2020.

Leaving a Legacy of Faith

First published 20th June 2019

In 2016, almost 800,000 was left in legacies across the Diocese of Bristol, contributing to parish income, financing mission projects, helping to maintain beautiful church buildings and growing faithful communities.

Free trial of contactless payment device for churches

First published 24th April 2019

GoodBox and Christian Aid are offering churches the opportunity to start offering contactless giving without any cost.The contactless payment provider GoodBox has partnered with Christian Aid for a fundraising initiative, with GoodBox providing

Latest Stewardship and Giving News - May 2019

First published 24th April 2019

Churches, chapels and meeting houses are 'treasure houses' of heritage, history and community.

Latest Stewardship and Giving News

First published 21st March 2019

Fundraising Training Are you planning a fundraising appeal?

Stewardship and Funding Updates - February 2019

First published 19th February 2019

New Stewardship and Funding Updates. At the Giving to God workshops last year you told us that you wanted more regular stewardship and funding updates.

Journey of Generosity

First published 18th February 2019

As we explore what it means to encourage generosity, Naomi Buckler, Giving and Resources Adviser for the Diocese, considers the Journey of Generosity sessions.

Parish Share 2019

First published 21st November 2018

Diocesan Synod agreed overwhelmingly that Parish Share must continue to be a priority for parishes if the Diocese of Bristol is to achieve its ambitions for ongoing ministry across the Diocese.

50th church joins the Parish Giving Scheme

First published 23rd October 2018

Over the past year, churches of all shapes and sizes have embraced the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) - and this week sees the 50th church in the Diocese offer this new method of planned giving to their congregation.

New Stewardship and Fundraising guides

First published 25th September 2018

Three newly published guides are available to support your church's stewardship and fundraising activities.

Where are we on our Parish Share journey?

First published 25th June 2018

Over the coming weeks your church will receive its Parish Share request for 2019. So how far have we come as a Diocese, and where are we heading on our shared Parish Share journey?

Why use a card reader in church?

First published 24th April 2018

Many people no longer carry cash, and so it's becoming increasingly important to provide other ways for people to give. One solution is getting a card reader for your church, which works alongside a smart phone or tablet.

Bidding for Success: securing funding for your church project

First published 26th March 2018

Are you planning a major repair project?

What can we bring? - Clare Fussell

First published 22nd February 2018

Clare Fussell, Giving and Resources Adviser, asks how much do we consider what we are bringing to God for His mission and work?In many cultures its a custom to bring a gift when visiting someones home.

The gift of giving

First published 4th February 2018

Churches around the Diocese have been demonstrating how good stewardship can make a real difference.St Andrews Castle Combe has been raising money towards its Make History project, which will see a number of improvements to the historic and famous ch

Grant support available for Swindon and Wiltshire churches

First published 4th January 2018

If your church is working on community outreach projects in 2018, you may be eligible to receive support from the Wiltshire Community Foundations Main Grants (up to 15k over 3 years: deadline 22 Feb 2018) or Small Grants (up to 4k over 2 years).

Early Christmas presents for two Bristol churches

First published 20th December 2017

Two Bristol churches have been given a funding boost in time for Christmas from the National Churches Trust.

25 parishes now offering the Parish Giving Scheme

First published 19th December 2017

Since its launch in September, 25 parishes across the Diocese are now offering the Parish Giving Scheme as an option for congregational giving.

Parish Giving Scheme launched across Diocese

First published 19th October 2017

The Diocese of Bristol is now offering churches the opportunity to join the Parish Giving Scheme.

Connections: Spending a Penny on Poverty

First published 21st September 2017

Toilets across Marshfield have been twinned with loos in Uganda through the efforts of church members at St Marys.Organisers of the annual Lenten Lunches had initially wanted to twin the church's two new toilets with ones in the Link Diocese. Donation

Parish Share and Encouraging Generosity seminars

First published 22nd August 2017

Meeting your Parish Share commitment can be a challenge. You may have questions about how your church can encourage generosity and resource its ministry and mission.

Book a place at the Parish Giving Scheme launch

First published 22nd August 2017

From September Bristol Diocese will be joining this nationwide scheme to support church giving.

Success for Bristol projects with Church Urban Fund grants

First published 20th July 2017

Two local projects have successfully received grants from the Church Urban Funds Near Neighbours scheme.

What one thing can you do to increase church giving by 20%?

First published 20th July 2017

Simple just sign up to the Parish Giving Scheme! When run alongside a church-wide giving review, gifts to the church increase on average by 20%. The scheme helps with static giving and reduces administration too.

Near Neighbours Grant Fund Relaunches for 2017

First published 10th July 2017

The Near Neighbours small grants fund, run by the Church Urban Fund, has now reopened with new guidelines.

Pilot of contactless payments for church donations

First published 28th June 2017

The Church of England has announced plans to trial "tap and go" contactless payment systems for donations.Starting this summer, around 40 churches will be equipped with handheld terminals to process card payments.

Connect Session: One month on…

First published 22nd June 2017

A month ago today, around 80 people gathered at St Michael's in Stoke Gifford to discuss funding options for their church projects.

Giving for Life: Are you continuing the journey?

First published 20th June 2017

Giving for Life: Continuing the Journey is a helpful guide for PCC's to do a quick and easy health check of their parishes stewardship practices.

Parish Share: Growing through Faith

First published 20th June 2017

It has been really encouraging to witness the number of parishes who have prayerfully committed to give generously in Parish Share to support the work and ministry of sister churches across the Diocese in 2017.

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

First published 16th May 2017

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows parishes to claim a Gift-Aid style repayment to be received on small cash and contactless donations of 20 or less.

Could your church building raise more income for your ministry?

First published 20th February 2017

According to a new report from the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC), churches across the UK may be missing out on millions of pounds of potential income because church buildings are being left empty for most of the week.

Bristol Diocese to join Parish Giving Scheme

First published 20th February 2017

In September, Bristol Diocese is joining this nationwide scheme to support church giving.

We need to talk about money

First published 13th September 2016

The Rt Revd Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, writes about our approach to handling our finances.

New approach to Parish Share

First published 19th July 2016

Parish Share: take responsibility | be generous | have faith. Next year sees the introduction of our new approach to Parish Share as agreed by Diocesan Synod.

Generous Giving Project

First published 16th June 2016

A new blog aimed at encouraging more generous giving is being produced by our colleagues in Durham.

Giving for Life Reignited

First published 21st March 2016

The National Stewardship Committee has put together a programme to enable parishes to re-engage with reviewing Stewardship Strategy and adoption of good practice.

Charitable Grants for Churches 2016

First published 14th March 2016

There are a number of charitable grants available for churches.

Will Aid - an act of Christian stewardship

First published 10th October 2014

Could you help your family - and families across the world by making a will this November? Will Aid is a scheme supported by hundreds of solicitors across the South West which allows members of the public to make a will in exchange for a donation.

Financial Stewardship: Giving in Grace Website

First published 12th June 2014

Have you discovered the Giving in Grace website? This is an excellent stewardship resource for the local church.

Encouraging Giving and Generosity: CofE Resources

First published 3rd June 2014

Encouraging giving in a parish canfeel daunting, but it need not be so. Some simple tasks can set the right climate for people to review their giving and levels of generosity.

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