Useful links

At each of the Deanery Common Fund Meetings we offer support as we continue to reflect on the generosity of God and our giving.

Here are some links and resources to help you as you reflect on parish finances, one of the foundations for our mission and ministry in the Diocese. Please don’t be put off by the quantity of information we have provided: the Mission and Ministry Team in the Parish Support Office want to walk with you.

We have written a number of resources to help explain the Common Fund:

The Church of England’s Parish Resources website – – provides access to a wealth of practical resources to support the life and work of parishes:

Encouraging Giving and Stewardship
Preaching and teaching on giving and stewardship; re-imagining the offertory, moving from ‘collection’ to ‘offering’, and helping to generate a sense of joyful offering in response to God’s generosity; and parish-based programmes to review giving and encouraging stewardship (including the Parish Funding Programme, Giving in Grace, a Simple Giving Programme for Smaller Churches, and Giving for Life).

Gift Aid
Factsheets about Gift Aid, the government scheme that allows parishes to reclaim the tax paid on donations, including the Small Donations Scheme.

Fundraising and Grants
It is a good principle for regular giving to meet day to day church running costs and routine maintenance. However, one off fundraising activities can make a significant contribution to church income.

Friends Schemes
Many people have a great deal of good will towards their church building, especially in rural areas, and although they may not wish to contribute to the religious aspects of the church they may be willing to support part of their heritage. A Friends Scheme is one way in which a parish church can encourage help of this kind from a wider community.

Support for Treasurers
Tips for new treasurers; help for producing accounts; and guidance for managing risk and reserves.

The Diocese of Liverpool ‘Giving in Grace’ programme
An enormous resource for encouraging giving and stewardship.  Alongside practical tools for reviewing giving, it includes theological reflections, preaching notes and Bible studies.

Parish Buying
Access to the ‘buying service’ provided by the Church of England.  This service aims to help parishes save time and money on key areas of spend (like energy and office supplies) so that money is released to spend on mission and ministry.

Church Legacy
Information about how to encourage individuals to remember the Church in their wills. Parishes receive over 5,000 legacies each year – gifts to finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities. These gifts make a real difference to the future work of the Church – as regular giving often concentrates on maintaining the existing mission and ministry.

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

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