Diocese of Manchester

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This section will point you in the direction of resources to help with everyday parish tasks and admin.

Parish Share

The Diocesan Synod approved an updated system for collecting Parish Share in June 2015. This followed extensive consultations with parishes by the Parish Share Review Group. 

A key objective of the new system is to foster a sense of common ownership for Parish Share as well as how it contributes towards resourcing ministry and mission in our diocese. The new system should provide more flexibility and be responsive to individual parish circumstances. We also hope that the changes will lead to greater understanding of diocesan finances in our parishes, and provide additional insight into parish issues for the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) through the review and reporting process. 

The new system builds on the positive aspects of the old one, and now includes an opportunity for parishes to have a discussion with representatives of the DBF about their Share. It also gives parishes an assessment for a three‐year period to help them with long‐term financial planning. As part of the new system, representatives of the DBF will meet with parishes to discuss their assessments. 

Parish Share: A guide to the diocesan scheme 2019

Manchester Diocese is a member of the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers (ACAT).

Membership gives all church treasurers access to resources, support and training on the ACAT website. For access to the Members' Area, please email finance@manchester.anglican.org for the current password.

Parish Accounts

Parish accounts should be sent to the diocese every year following their approval at your Parish's annual meeting. They can be emailed to finance@manchester.anglican.org or posted to Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GH.

A template for preparing parish accounts on a receipts and payments basis is available to download here.

Parish accounts receipt and payments basis (narrative) - Word document
Parish accounts receipts and payments basis (spreadsheet) – Excel document

checklist and work programme is available to help your independent examiner complete the examination and ensure they have performed sufficient checks to provide an Independent Examiner’s Statement.

An example Independent Examiner’s Statement is included in the Parish accounts Word document template above.

Parish Returns

This system allows church representatives to submit their annual Return of Parish Finance and Statistics for Mission via the internet.

Articles of Inquiry

You can access the Articles of Inquiry form by clicking the link below.

Diocesan Fees: 

Diocesan fees 2019
Retired clergy fees
Fees - monthly return form

Please return all DBF fees as soon as possible after the end of every month using the  monthly returns form. It is also important that you send in a NIL return if there is no fee income for the month. Forms can be sent by email to fees@manchester.anglican.org or by post to:

Manchester DBF,
4th Floor,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester
M3 2GH

For any payments that are made to the DBF by bank transfer, please quote your Parish reference/Fees eg. R12345/Fees

A copy of the form should be retained by the parish for your records. 

Cheques

Please discourage clients/funeral directors from writing out personal cheques.

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The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400