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Support Your Church - Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)

If you wish to support Holsworthy Parish Church and would like our Information pack please pick HERE

The running and maintenance costs of our churches are very high,  any financial support you can give would be most welcome. 

Even if you cannot get to church on Sunday you could become a member of the Parish Giving Scheme and give a regular donation.  By helping us with the running costs you will ensure the church is here for when you need it.

What is the point of PGS?

PGS will help us to reach our donors who prefer an automatic direct debit based systems to the traditional ways of collecting money into the local church.

How does PGS help donors?

PGS offers donors a convenient, elegant and secure method of making their regular donations to our church by Direct Debit.

What are the benefits to the donor and the church?

Donors may have their donation automatically uplifted by inflation each year, if they so choose. Also, donors can remain anonymous to their local churches if they prefer.  One of the biggest problems faced by most churches is that of ‘static giving’. If giving had kept track with inflation since the year 2000, it would have increased by over 50%.  As an example of the difference this would have made to a donation of £40.00 a month given in the year 2000, it would now have to be £61.32 a month.

Can Gift Aid be claimed back if giving is through the PGS?

The answer is yes and it is very easy to set up.  You simply sign a declaration when you make your application to join the scheme to confirm that you are a payer of tax.

How will my donation qualify for Gift Aid?


In order for your donation to qualify, you must:

What do PGS donors do as the plate is passed round on a Sunday?

We provide the scheme participants with PGS tokens, which can be placed on the collection plate and taken to the altar for blessing.  This token indicates that they participate in PGS and enables them to express an act of offering during the course of Sunday worship.

How much will it cost us?

The Diocese of Exeter is paying the marginal costs of participating in a scheme already set up by the Diocese of Gloucester. There are NO additional costs to our parish.

I don’t pay Income Tax and you will not be able to claim Gift Aid so what is the point of me belonging to the scheme?

A regular donation will assist with the financial planning by your PCC.  You may even be willing to agree to the inflation increase option so that you help the church overcome ‘static giving’.  This will become even more important if we have an ageing congregation who no longer pay tax. Approximately 15% of our income is currently through Gift Aid but is likely to reduce unless we get new tax paying donors.

Can I change the amount I donate or drop out of inflation proofing my donation?

The answer is Yes to both of these questions.  Details of what to do can be found in the information pack.

How do I join the scheme?

It’s easy, you just have one simple form to complete.  To join the scheme please asks our PCC Treasurer for an information pack.

Alternatively, if you wish to join the scheme that supports Holsworthy Parish Church, complete this online request form which can be found by picking HERE.

I don't go to church, can I give financial support?

You don't have to attend church regularly to be a donor but by giving regularly you can help to ensure the church is there when you need it in the future.