Parish Returns

Parish Returns user guide
Parish Returns user guide →
National Parish Returns website
See also: Parish Data / Stats for Mission

Support

If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact the Diocese Office for assistance. Remember you can submit your return via the office using the forms below and we will enter the data for you.

Forms

Parish Returns user guide →
2022 Statistics For Mission
2022 Finance Form
Energy Footprint tool

Why do we need Parish Returns data?

Every year we ask parishes to complete a series of questions regarding attendance, membership, activities, finances and, most recently, about the energy footprint of the Church. By submitting your Parish Returns it gives us the opportunity to explore how your attendance and income/expenditure have shifted over the last few years. The data you provide is used in many ways in both our diocese and nationally.

Your statistics also form an essential foundation to discussions within synod about the future of our Church, and in mapping trend data.

We are very thankful to parishes and the many people involved in collating the returns and making sure the returns are as accurate as possible.

How to submit your Parish Return

The Parish Returns website is the preferred place to upload your responses. If you do not have an account for the parish returns, please get in touch with Helen Crawford ( or 01452 835589) or Laura Evans ( or 01452 410022) and an account will be set up for you. If you already have an account, but have forgotten your login details, you can use the ‘forgotten username/password’ function on the website or contact Helen or Laura for assistance.

Data online is automatically checked for errors and gives you an opportunity to review your figures/information before you finally submit them. You don’t need to enter the data all at once and it will save what information has been entered so you can come back to it at a later date.

You will also have access to previous years information using charts and a general overview. This then allows you to see trends of your church. Click ‘View data’ in the menu at the top of the Parish Returns webpage.

If you cannot submit information via the parish returns website for any reason, you can send your completed form via email to Helen or Laura (as above), or by post to Parish Returns, Church House, College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LY and we will ensure that the information is uploaded to the parish returns website on your behalf.

Statistics for Mission

Notes from National Church
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many activities have returned to “normal”, but we know that this is not the case everywhere. We have done our best to adjust this form accordingly, whilst maintaining continuity where appropriate.

We hope that most questions will be simple to answer, but we recognise that others might be difficult to answer in your context. We’re keen to find out anything you can tell us, and your best approximation is fine if you don’t have precise numbers.

The deadline for submitting your 2022 Statistics for Mission has now been extended to 31 March 2023.

You don’t need to enter all the information at once. The online form opens straight after Easter so you can start entering information on Easter attendance data from then.

If data is not submitted for your parish then the National Church will make an educated guess to fill in the gaps.  This will mean that your data is inaccurate and may show that things are not what is actually happening within your church. For example that there is no children’s work when in reality there is a health, growing children’s ministry.

2022 Statistics For Mission form
See previous Statistics for Mission →

Finance Return

The portal is now open for the 2022 Finance Return. The deadline is 28 June 2023. Below is a copy of the form to aid you in gathering your data before logging into the parish returns website.

2022 Finance Form

Please ensure the figures agree with those in your annual accounts, and that the accounts have been approved at your APCM. Please forward a copy of your full accounts to the finance team on .

Visit the Finance hub →

The deadline for submitting your 2021 accounts has now passed. Please send the completed form to  where it will be entered on your behalf.

Energy Footprint tool

Churches may still complete the EFT as part of an Energy Audit to aid their Parish Buying. The EFT is open for 2022 data collection with a deadline of 31st July 2023

The EFT is part of the Parish Returns website →

Support

If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact the Diocese Office for assistance. Remember you can submit your return via the office using the forms below and we will enter the data for you.

Parish Returns user guide →
2022 Statistics For Mission
2022 Finance Form