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The Diocesan Cash book has been developed by the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance as a simple way of recording receipts and payments for the average PCC.
Our office is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you have any queries, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
The Board of Finance is a limited company responsible for employing staff at Church House; for managing the finances of the Diocese; and for providing administration and holding property on behalf of Diocesan Synod (as the Diocesan Synod is legally unable to do so). It acts in accordance with the policy and directives of the Diocesan Synod.
The Board of Finance provides information and advice on financial matters to clergy, PCCs and Parish Treasurers; and is responsible for keeping the accounts of various diocesan bodies.
Each year the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance (GDBF) is required to prepare statutory accounts for the “group” – these comprise the activities not only of the GDBF, but also its subsidiaries – Good & Faithful Servant Limited, Jumping Fish Limited and the Charity of Ann Edwards. Having been formally approved by Bishops Council on 24th May 2018, the annual accounts were presented to our Diocesan Synod on 20th June 2018.
LIFE Development Fund
In 2015, Bishop’s Council approved the launch of the Development Fund to support the work of churches and communities across the diocese. The assets of the Fund, which include the proceeds from the sale of Glenfall House, will enable it to make grants of up to £400,000 p.a. for 10 years or more.
These are available from the DBF if:
Your PCC has a good track record with Parish Share and is currently up to date
Works to the Church have a faculty
There is a clear and reasonable repayment plan
Your Parish Code
We have received a number of calls regarding the parish code. This is not a Diocesan code but comes from the Archbishop’s Council. To find your parish code, simply visit the national A Church Near You website, search for your parish (by name or location), then click on the ‘more info’ tab. The parish code is the 6-digit code starting ‘6’.
We have substantial resources, advice and guidelines to support the subject of giving.
These are fees due for weddings and funerals, rate-set by the Archbishop’s Council. Extras may be set by the PCC (eg organist/bells etc)
In the ‘Table of Parochial Fees from January 2019’ circulated by national church, provided to PCC Treasurers in December 2018 & hosted on our Diocesan website, note A4. “Fee for Marriage Certificate” states that ‘The fees may be increased from 1 April 2019’. It has now been confirmed that there is now a single standard fee of £11 per certificate, irrespective of when issued by clergy.
A4. Fee for Marriage Certificate The following fees are currently payable under the Marriage Act 1949 to the Parochial Church Council under the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2018: certified copy of entry in marriage register at time of registration or subsequently, £11.00. This is not an ecclesiastical fee and is only payable to churches until May 4th 2021, after which certificates will be issued by the register office and not the church. (https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate)