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Stewardship Update

November 2022

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November 2022 From Here to Financial Sustainability

The Accelerate programme provides free consultancy to congregations on how to protect the services that they provide to the broader community by making them more financially sustainable.

Accelerate is a bespoke programme of free support, mentoring and guidance open to third-sector organisations, including churches. Join this webinar to hear case studies and to learn about how your congregation might benefit from this programme.

You are invited to a 60-minute webinar on Thursday 17 November at 3:30 pm to hear more about Accelerate, ask questions and learn how to apply.

If you have any questions about the webinar or the Accelerate programme, please get in touch with David Williams, Church of Scotland Grants Manager:

Find out more Webinar from easyfundraising

With many people doing their Christmas shopping online, now could be a good time to sign up for or promote online fundraising tools such as easy fundraising. Easyfundraising is hosting two online sessions this month exclusively for Church of Scotland congregations to find out how their fundraising platform works. Easyfundraising partners with 7,000 brands including John Lewis, Tesco, M&S, Trainline,, eBay and Amazon. These companies will donate to your congregation whenever your supporters shop with them through easy fundraising.  It is a free service and is already used by hundreds of churches across the UK.  In each of these sessions, a representative from easy fundraising will explain how the service works and answer questions. There are two sessions available, which you can find the details for below.

Session 1

Date: Tuesday 22 November

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register for this session Session 2

Date: Wednesday 23 November

Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Register for this session

Digital giving survey - last call for responses thank you to those treasurers who have already responded to our digital giving survey. We are delighted to have heard from more than 400 congregations. This feedback will help us ensure that we are offering the right support to congregations on their digital giving journeys. If you received the survey but have not yet had the opportunity to respond, we are extending the deadline to Monday 21 November.

The survey can be accessed using the link below. Complete the survey engaging all ages in stewardship

Find out more about 'Exploring Generosity', the Stewardship Team's resources for all ages, at the next ReNew webinar: 'Head, heart, hands, eyes: Engaging the body of Christ through Spiritual Styles'. This event will be hosted by the Kirk's Faith Nurture Forum on Wednesday 30 November from 7:30-9:00 pm.

The webinar will explore how the Church can move away from age-based assumptions of how people relate to God, and instead consider a model of engagement that enables everyone to connect to God using four distinct spiritual styles. The Exploring Generosity resources will demonstrate how taking account of different spiritual styles can help encourage people of all ages to engage in a whole-life approach to stewardship.

Register for the webinarHousehold Hardship Funding from the National LotteryThe Household Hardship Fund is a £1million fund provided by The National Lottery Community Fund and administered by the Corra Foundation.

  • The purpose of the Household Hardship Fund is to provide small grants to charities and community groups across Scotland that can pass the funding on directly to families and individuals on low incomes.

  • Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to provide families and individuals with cash or vouchers to meet pressing needs such as food, fuel, household items or clothing.

  • All funds must be passed on to families and individuals by 30 June 2023.

  • Please only apply for the amount of money that you are confident you can distribute by 30 June 2023. The minimum your group can apply for is £500.

The Fund aims to reach groups who:

  • Have strong local relationships with people in the community;

  • Are already supporting people in their communities on low incomes;

  • Have an annual income of less than £100,000, not including any Covid-19 emergency grants your organisation received.

Find out more by following the link below.

Please note that this fund is heavily called upon, therefore we would recommend congregations make applications as soon as practicably possible from 22 November, when the fund opens.

Find out more and apply stewardship resources for Advent and Christmas The Stewardship Team has compiled a list of Advent and Christmas resources which explore various aspects of stewardship. You may view the list using the link below.

View the list.

How do we steward our volunteers?

'A Narrative of Generosity' is a resource created by the Stewardship Team that encourages sharing stories to reflect on twelve themes of Christian stewardship. One of these themes is volunteers.  We honour God as we support, develop and encourage those who freely give their gifts, energy and time to the glory of God. 

In relation to this vital stewardship theme, we are pleased to recommend a recorded webinar, 'Growing and Investing in Teams', hosted by our colleagues in the Faith Nurture Forum. This explores how we invite, invest in, and involve people to join us in ministry. This event was first presented to an audience of children, youth and family workers, but is applicable to all areas of church life.

The webinar recording can be accessed through the link below. If you would like to explore the stewardship of volunteers or to engage with the other 'Narrative of Generosity' themes of time, God, gifts, possessions, money, relationships, youth, body, mind, earth or vision, please get in touch with your local stewardship consultant.

Watch the webinar recording winter Support Fund

The Winter Support Fund allows churches or groups of churches to apply for funding to help support communities through the winter cost-of-living crisis. An additional small amount of funding has recently been added to the fund, but please note that this fund will likely close soon.

Read more about the fund and the application process below.

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The stewardship team is available to advise and support churches in relation to Christian stewardship: providing resources, offering practical solutions and encouraging generosity in all aspects of life in response to God's abundant love.

The team can help with the promotion of effective stewardship through engaging and flexible teaching and worship resources, focussed programmes, event facilitation and practical giving solutions. These services are provided free of charge to support congregations in this vital work.

If you are interested in exploring stewardship in your own congregation or presbytery, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email us at You can also visit our website by following the link below, where you can find the stewardship consultant for your specific area. Find your consultantContact usEmail:

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