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Last updated 29th March 2018

Parish finance and mission returns

Resourcing the mission of God in Lancashire: A important Diocesan meeting attended by more than 200 people from our parishes took place in March 2018. Keynote speaker was Canon Dr John Spence CBE, Chair of Archbishop's Council Finance Committee. Read more about the meeting and listen to the talks, including John Spence. 


Thank you to Churchwardens, PCC Secretaries and Treasurers for ensuring that information about your parish finances, buildings, PCC governance and attendance/mission are returned to the national church and/or the diocesan offices.

The information asked of you is required for a number of reasons:

  1. to meet legal and statutory requirements including health and safety and charity law
  2. to support the development of local, diocesan and national strategies to support parishes and clergy in their work

Please find below a table of requests by role:

  • Churchwarden(s)
  • PCC Treasurer
  • PCC Secretary (or other representative(s))

NB If there is no PCC Treasurer and/or Secretary, the request is made of the Churchwarden(s)

Please do contact Gillian.Beeley@Blackburn.Anglican.Org 01254 503070 if you have any questions about the parish returns. 

You can download this schedule here  It might be useful to keep a copy with the Minute Book for easy reference.

REGARDING 2018 Articles of Enquiry - this is the email sent out earlier this year by Dave Champness ..

To all Clergy and Churchwardens.

This year, rather than the usual wide-ranging questions from the departments we are seeking your views on the effectiveness of diocesan communications. Instead of using Survey Monkey along with other dioceses nationwide we are using the Parish Returns website (https://parishreturns.churchofengland.org/)  through which most parishes already submit their Parish Mission and Finance returns, thus hopefully making the process easier.

Each parish should already have at least one nominated administrator/user for the Parish Returns website. If you aren't sure who that is, or need to register for the first time, please contact Kelly Fenwick at Clayton House (Kelly.Fenwick@blackburn.anglican.org or 'phone 01254 503073).

If you would prefer to complete the questions by hand, please click on the 'Download PDF' button and print the questions and then either:

a) scan the answers and attach in an e-mail back to Kelly Fenwick, or

b) send them by post to her at Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE remembering to add the name of your parish to the response.

We are very grateful for all you do and hope for a 100% response rate this year, as your answers will enable there to be better communication across the diocese, its parishes, communities and all who seek to live out our Diocesan vision of being Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.

Thank you for all that you do to support mission in your local community,


Returns requested from Churchwarden(s)

Name of return & description Reason for request

Frequency/

deadline

Requested by and return to

Churchwarden Declaration

 

Declaration to the Archdeacon that you are prepared to stand for office

Legal 

 

Church Representations Rules

Annually

 

After the APCM and be recieved by 31st May

Archdeacons (or their PAs)

 

On-line survey (follow link)

or paper return to:

Clayton House

Walker Business Park

BLACKBURN

BB1 2QE

Articles of Enquiry

 

Questions from Archdeacons

Legal 

 

Informs Bishops Leadership Team's strategy to support parishes

Annually

 

To be received by 31st May

Archdeacons (or their PAs)

 

On-line survey via your Parish Returns process

or paper return to:

Clayton House

Walker Business Park

BLACKBURN

BB1 2QE

Regular Weekly Attendance (RWA)

 

weekly church attendance in October

Calculation of the following year's parish share by the diocesan team

Annually

 

To be received by 30th November

Diocesan Finance Department

 

Form to be e-mailed to 

dbfaccounts@blackburn.anglican.org

Statistics for Mission 

 

Attendance figures for the national church

National statistics for the Church of England (and diocesan teams)

Annually

 

To be completed by 31st January 

On-line using the Church of England

Parish Returns website NB church representative(s) need to register on the system. 

 

The Diocesan finance team will send reminders

 

 

 

Quinquennial Inspection

 

5 year church buildings condition report

Legal - the PCC is responsible for the care of its buildings. 

 

Inspection of Churches Measure 1955 as amended by the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991 (CCEJM).

Every five years

Preferably email scanned copy of Inspection to DAC Secretary

Christine.Ellis@Blackburn.Anglican.Org

 

or paper copy to Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Park, BLACKBURN, BB1 2QE


Returns requested from PCC Treasurer

Name of return and description

Reason for request

Frequency/ deadline

Requested by and return to

Occasional office fees return

 

Details of Board of Finance fees received by parish for weddings and funerals

Correct allocation of parish share receipt to fees in Board of Finance accounts

Quarterly
(Mar, June, Sept, Dec)

 

To be received by Finance one week after the end of the quarter

Diocesan Finance Department

 

Complete Fees Return form and email to dbfaccounts@blackburn.anglican.org or post to Clayton House, Walker Park, Blackburn BB1 2QE

Return of Parish Finance 

 

National statistics on giving and expenditure

National statistics for use by the Church of England (and diocesan teams)

Annually

 

To be completed by 31st March

On-line using the Church of England

Parish Returns website NB church representative(s) need to register on the system. 

 

(Note: accounts do not have to be passed at Annual meeting before these are input)

 

The Diocesan finance team will send reminders

Year end accounts

 

A copy of the parish accounts for the previous financial year

Legal (Charity Commission) requirement 

Annually

 

To be sent after the APCM (by end May)

Diocesan Finance Department

 

Preferably scanned and e-mailed to dbfaccounts@blackburn.anglican.org or post to Clayton House, Walker Park, Blackburn BB1 2QE

 

 


Returns requested from PCC Secretary (or other representative(s))

Name of return and description

Reason for request

Frequency/ deadline

Requested by and return to

Electoral Roll

 

number on electoral roll at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

Legal

 

Church Representations Rules

Annually

 

After the APCM and be recieved by 31st May

Diocesan Central Services Department

 

Form to be e-mailed to Elaine.Hargreaves@Blackburn.Anglican.Org

Contact details of parish office holders

 

Who is PCC Treasurer, Secretary, Safeguarding etc contact

 

Effective communications from Bishops, Archdeacons and diocesan teams

Annually/ ongoing

 

After the APCM and after change of officer

Diocesan Central Services Department

 

Please send e-mail to 

Karen.Ashcroft@Blackburn.Anglican.Org

or phone 01254 503070

 

Data Protection Form 

 

for all who have details held on Contact Management System

Legal  As soon as practicable after appointment to post

Diocesan Central Services Department

 

Please scan and send the Laity appointment form(s) to

Karen.Ashcroft@Blackburn.Anglican.Org or post to Clayton House, Walker Park, Blackburn BB1 2QE

Contact details of Deanery Synod representatives

Effective communications from Area Dean and Deanery Synod Secretary

 

Other elections

After the APCM in an election year or if change of representative

Please send e-mail to 

Elaine.Hargreaves@Blackburn.Anglican.Org

or phone 01254 503070