St John’s Partnership and the Parish Giving Scheme
St John’s uses the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) as the primary method by which regular donations from Partners are made to St John’s as part the Partnership Scheme.
Why do we use the PGS?
PGS improves the efficiency, safety and confidentiality of personal giving to SJE and has advantages for both individual donors and the parish. The PGS is a registered charity administered on behalf of the whole Church of England. It is fully endorsed by our own PCC and the Diocese of Guildford and is actively promoted by an increasing number of other dioceses as their preferred way of giving.
The benefits that PGS provides for St John’s is that it vastly reduces administration, meets current HMRC requirements and all information is held securely and confidentially. One other important benefit is that PGS returns the Gift Aid due to us on a monthly basis, directly into the St John’s General bank account. This has a significant and positive impact on SJE’s cash flow.
How does it work?
The method used by PGS is to collect donations on behalf of St John’s by Direct Debit. These can be on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. All donations are held specifically on behalf of St John’s and the scheme is guaranteed as being safe by the Direct Debit Guarantee provided by all UK banks. This means that Direct Debits are in fact a safer method of payment than standing orders or cheques.
For donors, PGS is easy to set up, efficient, secure and confidential. There is a direct UK telephone number for PGS should you need to speak to them or amend your payments. Follow this link to see answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.
For information on the Parish Giving Scheme and to receive a Gift Form to commence donations, please contact us.