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May 5, 2021

HMRC updates its guidance for churches on claiming Gift Aid

HMRC has updated its guidance on Gift Aid for churches and other charities. On Tuesday, May 4, it has added chapter 3.45 to clarify rules on claiming Gift Aid on waived refunds and loan repayments...

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April 24, 2021

New quiz helps treasurers reflect on their financial decisions

ECCR has produced a quiz to help church treasurers – among others – reflect on the way their values and faith connect with their decisions around money. The new Bridging the Gap quiz from ...

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April 19, 2021

Allchurches Trust rings in the latest round of grants

THE Allchurches Trust has made new grants totalling £298,850 to 100 churches and Christian charities based across the UK and Ireland. The latest wave of funding announced earlier this month suppo...

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April 9, 2021

Ecclesiastical shares communications guidance for fundraisers

INSURANCE giant Ecclesiastical has issued guidance for church treasurers looking to bolster fundraising through “more effective communications”. The guidance notes that “communic...

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April 3, 2021

New book features images of what could be England’s first ‘Easter Bunnies’

A NEW book entitled ‘The Treasures of English Churches: Witnesses to the History of a Nation’ which features photographs of what may be the earliest ‘Easter Bunnies’ is soon t...

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March 29, 2021

ECCR updates guidance for church treasurers seeking ethical banks

THE Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility – ECCR – has updated its free-to-use resource that compares five ethical bank accounts for churches. As well as looking at ethical i...

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March 23, 2021

Bookings open for ACAT’s new ‘Trustee Training for Churches’ course

ACAT has launched a new course which is intended to ensure that church trustees have the requisite skills to meet their legal and moral obligations. Our ‘Trustee Training for Churches’...

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March 16, 2021

Help your Church while Shopping from Home

Churches seeking alternative ways to fundraise during these difficult times might want to consider using easyfundrasing. It’s a free to use online fundraising platform where leading retailers wi...

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March 1, 2021

ACAT welcomes extension to the Listed Places of Worship Scheme

ACAT has welcomed the government’s announcement that the Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme has been extended for a further year to the end of March 2022. Through this government-ru...

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February 23, 2021

Liberty Accounts launches a series of free webinars

Liberty Accounts has launched a series of free webinars. The company – which is one of ACAT’s Partners in Ministry – provides cloud accounting and payroll software and specialises in support...

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February 11, 2021

ECCR appoints new Executive Director

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) has appointed a new Executive Director. ECCR is one of ACAT’s longstanding Partners in Ministry and exists to work with individual ...

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February 3, 2021

Grants to help Scottish churches and chapels in need of urgent repair

CHURCHES, chapels and meeting houses in Scotland needing funding for urgent repairs and maintenance are being encouraged to apply for grants.The National Churches Trust is administering a £60,000 fu...

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January 28, 2021

ACIE to host webinar on ‘Receipts and Payments Accounts’

THE Association of Charity Independent Examiners – ACIE – is hosting a webinar on ‘Receipts and Payments Accounts’ in February.One of ACAT’s longstanding Partners in Min...

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January 25, 2021

ACAT members raise £6,500 for their churches in just nine months

ACAT members have raised nearly £6,500 for their own churches in the space of just nine months.Last April, ACAT launched a partnership with fundraising website easyfundraising to make the process of...

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January 19, 2021

Ecclesiastical’s Trust130 scheme continues to help churches financially

ACAT is acutely aware that the global pandemic has hit churches hard in innumerable different ways. And finances have taken a particularly serious knock. Quite apart from the fact that no cong...

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January 8, 2021

And the winner is… Grace Community Church.

Congratulations to Grace Community Church for winning a £100 donation in our recent easyfundraising competition.  The church, which is based in Edenbridge in Kent, intends to put the money towa...

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January 4, 2021

The Charity Commission announces free webinars for church treasurers

THE Charity Commission has announced a series of free hour-long webinars which have been tailored to help church treasurers and trustees. A webinar entitled ‘Good Governance in Churches: Exp...

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December 18, 2020

ACAT launches 2021 training schedule

ACAT is delighted to open bookings for our first online training sessions of 2021. Being a Treasurer: The Basics will launch our new year’s schedule in late January. Limited places have n...

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December 7, 2020

Five chapters of ACAT’s handbook now updated

SEVERAL chapters of ACAT’s handbook have been updated to ensure that church treasurers of all denominations remain fully briefed.The handbook is written to provide guidance for treasurers and o...

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December 2, 2020

National Churches Trust Christmas Carol Concert to take place online

THE National Churches Trust’s online Christmas Carol Concert will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, December 16, at 7.30pm – with the event being headlined by Bill Bryson, Huw Edwards an...