ANNUAL RETURNS

Welcome to the Annual Returns page

Guidelines to assist you to complete the Statistics form. 

The totals should be entered to the nearest pound.  There is no need to include pennies.  

 

Receipts 

5.01 – Any financial contribution to the church, a Sunday collection (or another day), by bank order, envelope or a BACS payment over the internet.  These payments are usually from individuals, couples or families. 

5.02 – Any cash receipts associated with the Children’s Sunday School or monies received when a children / youth club is held. 

5.03 – If your church is claiming (annually) money back through Gift Aid, HM Revenue & Customs refunds then you should enter this amount.  If you do not then you should consider doing this.  A church can get a 25% refund of the contributions of individuals who pay income tax.  You can also claim 25% back on a collection made through a collection plate. 

5.04 – The amount received annually from interest and dividends from investments held by the church. 

5.05 – Rents. Include rents you receive if the church rents a manse, chapel house or any other church property. 

5.06 – Any proceeds towards a Christian, humanitarian or charitable causes.  You may have a special collection e.g. Christian Aid Week or a natural disaster that requires sudden donations.  These collections can be by envelope, BACS or a plate collection.  If you are transferring a plate collection to a special cause then the amount collected should not be included in 5.01.  Very often, but not always, the money collected will be paid out during the same year.  If so, this amount should also appear in 6.09 as money paid out, but also note 6.09. 

5.07 – If you have received money from the PCW Strategy Fund in the last year you should enter the amount. 

5.08 – If the church has received a financial amount in grants from e.g. County / Local Council or any other grant awarding body. 

5.09 – Any financial contribution received ‘in memory’ or a legacy. 

5.10 – Note any other financial receipts e.g. hiring of rooms in your chapel. 

 

Payments 

6.01 – Enter the amount of money paid to PCW annually through the Connexional Contribution. 

6.02 – Enter the financial amount paid as Levy to the Presbytery. 

6.03 – Note any charges arising from the payment of ministers and preachers for Sunday services and any other causes including travelling expenses etc.  If you are in a pastorate then you should also include the Pastorate’s payments. 

6.04 – Please note the daily costs of maintaining the property.  It should include the costs of gas, electricity, oil, telephone and broadband and also the costs of cleaning equipment and salary or remuneration for a cleaner / caretaker. 

6.05 – Repair costs of the church and other buildings e.g. manse or chapel house and any other church property belonging to the church e.g. cemetery wall.   

NOTE if you worship in a church of another denomination and your church has an agreement to contribute towards repair costs (6.05), daily costs (6.04) and partly paying for the service of Ministers and preachers (6.03) you should then note your contribution to these costs. 

6.06 – Note the amount of expenditure for this year if you have received capital relief / strategy fund. 

6.07 – Annual payments for insuring all church property including manse or chapel house. 

6.08 – Any costs of running a children’s Sunday School or a children / youth club in the church or pastorate. 

6.09 – Payments made during the year to a Christian, humanitarian or charitable cause.  It is totally reasonable for the church to contribute in addition to the personal contributions noted in 5.06. 

6.10 – Any other payments. This amount should normally be relatively small for anything that is not easy to show in the above payments. 

NOTE If a bank account is closed or an investment ceases and the money is temporarily moved to a current or other account before being reinvested these cash movements do not need to be shown in receipts or payments. 

 

Cash in hand 

7.01 – Total cash held in current account(s) at year end. 

You should note the total of all current accounts including children’s clubs, Sunday School etc. 

7.02 – The total amount of money held in an account or deposit accounts at the end of the year. 

 

Investment and Property 

8.01 – Enter the total value of all financial investments held by the church. 

 

 

Guidelines to assist you to complete the Statistics form. 

The totals should be entered to the nearest pound.  There is no need to include pennies.  

 

Receipts 

5.01 – Any financial contribution to the church, a Sunday collection (or another day), by bank order, envelope or a BACS payment over the internet.  These payments are usually from individuals, couples or families. 

5.02 – Any cash receipts associated with the Children’s Sunday School or monies received when a children / youth club is held. 

5.03 – If your church is claiming (annually) money back through Gift Aid, HM Revenue & Customs refunds then you should enter this amount.  If you do not then you should consider doing this.  A church can get a 25% refund of the contributions of individuals who pay income tax.  You can also claim 25% back on a collection made through a collection plate. 

5.04 – The amount received annually from interest and dividends from investments held by the church. 

5.05 – Rents. Include rents you receive if the church rents a manse, chapel house or any other church property. 

5.06 – Any proceeds towards a Christian, humanitarian or charitable causes.  You may have a special collection e.g. Christian Aid Week or a natural disaster that requires sudden donations.  These collections can be by envelope, BACS or a plate collection.  If you are transferring a plate collection to a special cause then the amount collected should not be included in 5.01.  Very often, but not always, the money collected will be paid out during the same year.  If so, this amount should also appear in 6.09 as money paid out, but also note 6.09. 

5.07 – If you have received money from the PCW Strategy Fund in the last year you should enter the amount. 

5.08 – If the church has received a financial amount in grants from e.g. County / Local Council or any other grant awarding body. 

5.09 – Any financial contribution received ‘in memory’ or a legacy. 

5.10 – Note any other financial receipts e.g. hiring of rooms in your chapel. 

 

Payments 

6.01 – Enter the amount of money paid to PCW annually through the Connexional Contribution. 

6.02 – Enter the financial amount paid as Levy to the Presbytery. 

6.03 – Note any charges arising from the payment of ministers and preachers for Sunday services and any other causes including travelling expenses etc.  If you are in a pastorate then you should also include the Pastorate’s payments. 

6.04 – Please note the daily costs of maintaining the property.  It should include the costs of gas, electricity, oil, telephone and broadband and also the costs of cleaning equipment and salary or remuneration for a cleaner / caretaker. 

6.05 – Repair costs of the church and other buildings e.g. manse or chapel house and any other church property belonging to the church e.g. cemetery wall.   

NOTE if you worship in a church of another denomination and your church has an agreement to contribute towards repair costs (6.05), daily costs (6.04) and partly paying for the service of Ministers and preachers (6.03) you should then note your contribution to these costs. 

6.06 – Note the amount of expenditure for this year if you have received capital relief / strategy fund. 

6.07 – Annual payments for insuring all church property including manse or chapel house. 

6.08 – Any costs of running a children’s Sunday School or a children / youth club in the church or pastorate. 

6.09 – Payments made during the year to a Christian, humanitarian or charitable cause.  It is totally reasonable for the church to contribute in addition to the personal contributions noted in 5.06. 

6.10 – Any other payments. This amount should normally be relatively small for anything that is not easy to show in the above payments. 

NOTE If a bank account is closed or an investment ceases and the money is temporarily moved to a current or other account before being reinvested these cash movements do not need to be shown in receipts or payments. 

 

Cash in hand 

7.01 – Total cash held in current account(s) at year end. 

You should note the total of all current accounts including children’s clubs, Sunday School etc. 

7.02 – The total amount of money held in an account or deposit accounts at the end of the year. 

 

Investment and Property 

8.01 – Enter the total value of all financial investments held by the church.