The Parish Return System has now closed for data entry, submission and verification of 2014 returns. This will allow us to take a final 2014 diocesan position and also allow us to make the system changes required so that the submission of 2015 returns can take place.
Please note that whilst the system is closed for data entry, submission and/or verification, it will still be accessible for viewing/downloading the system generated reports and also for diocesan extraction of the membership and finance data entered.
The online parish return system will re-open for data entry, submission and/or verification of 2015 returns on Monday 5th October 2015
Welcome to the Church of England's online parish return system.
The system is designed to improve the way in which the Church collects annual parish statistical and financial data. Parish representatives are now able to enter the 'Return for Parish Finance' and 'Statistics for Mission' forms for January to December 2015 via the internet. This can be done using either a computer within your parish office, at home or in a library using a unique login and password managed by your parish representative.
When entering the data, a certain amount of verification will be operating which will query any values which are clearly outside what might normally be expected. It will also check your adding up, which will help give you confidence that the figures submitted are reasonable. Furthermore the system will produce a report giving you instant feedback on how the church's data has changed over the last ten years. These reports will be available to treasurers and others to use in presentations at church meetings and hopefully will help bring to life what is currently a rather sterile exercise. If successful the system will be expanded to allow other data to be collected in time, but the emphasis at present is the capture of this key data.
Once submitted the data will be available to the diocese for validation and will be automatically included in the national statistics without the need for further data entry down the line.
If you wish, you can download a PDF version of the paper returns as well as the accompanying notes using the links below