Statistics for Mission (deadline 31 January) are all about membership and attendance at church. The information collected provides the latest figures on attendance at Church of England services, and the numbers of baptisms, marriages and funerals that have taken place over the last year. In October, the Church of England publishes the statistics from the previous year.
The statistics help paint a picture of participation in the Church of England across the country. The figures help to identify trends and spot mission opportunities. They make it possible to plan on terms of clergy deployment.
Return of Parish Finance (deadline 31 May) is about your church finances. The financial figures help paint a picture of the Church’s finances at the grassroots. This is useful for a number of reasons. For example, if the Church nationally is to argue the case for Government help – such as the matter of VAT relief on repairs – it bolsters our case if we have an accurate picture of the pressures at the local level.
Annual Reports & Accounts with Budget submission is in addition to the online returns. The Annual Report & Accounts with Budget gives the Diocesan Office the detail of what is going on in the Parish. This should be relatively easy for Parishes to submit as they should have already been presented at the APCM, which must be held by 31st May as stated in the Church Representation Rules as revised in 2020. The submission of the Annual Report, Accounts & Budget is also a legal requirement under the Church Representations rules (contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 as amended).
Diocesan Secretary: September 2019