Parishes in the Diocese of Bath and Wells collectively contributed 99% of the Parish Share requested in 2016. The figure is the highest rate since 2009. The money collected through Parish Share contributions goes directly to funding the work of the diocese.
The Bishop of Taunton, the Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, says: “In 2016, for the first time since 2009, the parishes in the Diocese of Bath and Wells collectively contributed over 99% of the Parish Share requested for the Common Fund. All but 21 parishes made their full financial contribution. We know that for most parishes the Parish Share is the largest amount in your budget. You have made great efforts. Thank you so very much!
“There will always be a few parishes each year that have particular financial issues which mean you can’t quite make the full amount and I want to say “thank you” to you too. Thank you for doing your best and thank you for working with our central staff in finance and stewardship as they seek to help your parish rise to the challenge.”
Parish Share is essential to the mission of the Church in the diocese, without it clergy could not be supported. Parish Share contributions to the Common Fund, is the diocese’s largest single income stream, accounting for £9.6m.
Through Parish Share, each church is given the opportunity of contributing towards the financial cost of ministry in the entire diocese. Larger and wealthier parishes are asked to make greater contributions so that stipendiary ministry can be provided to less wealthy areas that otherwise might not have been able to afford it.
The figures were published in the Annual Financial Report earlier this month.
The infographic below gives a snapshot of how money is used to support and serve people in our diocese.