Giving

Churches rely on the generosity of their congregations and their communities to support their mission and ministry. Many people give regularly to their church by standing order or direct debit but others give in cash when the offering is taken in a church service or when visiting the church. People will not be able to give in this way whilst our church buildings are closed. This means therefore that it is even more important that those who can give are able to do so now, when our churches are in greatest need.

Everything that happens here is made possible by your gifts of time, talents and money.

Your giving enables everything we do at St Paul’s, including our Sunday Services, work with children and families, outreach to the schools in the Parish as well as many social action projects. All that happens is made possible by those who pray, serve and give to the work of the church. We could not do it without you!

Thank you so much.

Give through the Parish Giving Scheme
St Paul’s Church is a member of the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) which has been adopted as the preferred way of giving by the Church of England’s National Stewardship Committee. This is administered centrally for us by the PGS which is a charitable company that aims to provide the most efficient and effective way for people to financially support their local church. It greatly reduces the administrative work in the Parish and we receive the money, including any Gift Aid, soon after you give which helps our cashflow.

The PGS have a friendly and helpful telephone service that can be used to change your level of giving at any time which gives you the assurance that it is very easy to change your level of donation, up or down, if your circumstances change.

The PGS is St Paul’s preferred method for regular donations and we encourage everyone who gives regularly to use it.

There are two ways in which a new donor can join the Scheme

By Telephone
Prospective donors are encouraged to set up a regular gift to St Paul’s by calling the PGS dedicated telephone line:
0333 002 1271
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 – account number and sort-code.
The name of the parish you wish to donate to – Tupsley St Paul’s is how they know us.
You will need to say if you wish to increase your gift in line with inflation each year
You will need to say if you are eligible for Gift Aid

The PGS code for St Paul’s: 180618083

By completing a Parish Giving Scheme Gift Form
This form has St Paul’s details already completed so you just need to add your own details as shown above. Please complete the form and send it to: Parish Giving Scheme, 76 Kingsholm Road, Gloucester, GL1 3BD.

Download the PGS gift form: Click here to download

It is recommended that you read the PGS Information form as you will be asked if you have: Click here to download   

What happens next?
Donors will receive written confirmation (by email or post) of their Direct Debit, including details of the parish they are supporting, the amount of their gift and the date of their first donation. Please note that if you currently give to the church via standing order, we advise you to wait until receiving the confirmation letter from PGS before attempting to cancel it.

What if donors need to change their donation?
If donors wish to make any changes to their Direct Debit, they should notify PGS by phone 0333 002 1260, or by email to info@parishgiving.org.uk or in writing to Parish Giving Scheme, 76 Kingsholm Road, Gloucester GL1 3BD.

What is the PGS?
St Paul's PCC have signed up to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) run by the Diocese of Gloucester. Hereford Diocese funds our participation in the scheme and so there is no cost to us for using it. It offers us a new and simple way for us ALL to plan our regular giving and for tax payers to do it tax efficiently. You benefit from a better way to give to St Paul's. St Paul's benefit from lower giving management effort and a monthly Gift Aid income – helping our cash flow and making the Treasurers job easier.

How does it work?
If you sign up to the scheme then your donation to St Paul's is made by Direct Debit to PGS on 1st of the month (eg. you pay £50 a month). PGS pay your money to St Paul's on 10th of the month (eg. your £50 and all the other donations). PGS also claim the Gift Aid Tax from HMRC for your donation (that is £12.50 on the £50 donation) and pay this to St Paul's later the same month. So we get £62.50 in our account in the same month rather than the Treasurer having to record your donations and claim it separately at year end. Note: St Paul's Treasurer gets a monthly detailed report of PGS donations received.

What do we want you to do?
Preferably that you join the PGS. However If you don’t want to join the PGS then please continue to give as you do now.

What to do if you already give regularly?
If you currently give via Bankers Standing Order then please sign up to the PGS and complete the Gift Aid section if you are a tax payer. Please don’t forget to cancel the Standing Order once the PGS direct debits starts. If you currently give via Envelopes then please consider joining the PGS. Some of us give large cash sums every week and the PGS offers a monthly service that saves you having to find that cash 52 weeks in a year. Please complete the Gift Aid section if you are a tax payer. If you currently put cash into the collection plate then please consider joining the PGS to formalise your regular giving to St Paul’s and enable you to plan what you give in support of our work at St Paul’s. Please complete the Gift Aid section if you are a tax payer.

We are thankful to our members for giving so generously.


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