Support with running your church: what’s available nationally

Church of England churches can get free resources, free training and even free software from the national church.  

For some topics, you can also sign up to one of our national newsletters so that you can find out when new resources are added.  

Your diocese also offers a range of practical guidance and resources. Find these through your diocesan website

Free church administration tools  

All the below tools are free for Church of England churches.  

If you already have administration tools you are happy with, you can of course continue to use those. If you are not happy with your current solution, or don't have any budget for a paid-for solution, our free options may suit you.  

  • Free website for your church or benefice: AChurchNearYou.com (every church has a listing on AChurchNearYou.com, but your listing quickly becomes a full website when you populate and customise all the available sections). 
  • Free downloadable tracks of hymns and worship songs, ideal if you do not have access to an organist or musicians, or are streaming or pre-recording online services: AChurchNearYou.com Resource Hub.  
  • Free stock images: AChurchNearYou.com Resource Hub
  • Free graphic design package: churches can apply for Canva Pro for free, this blog explains how.  
  • Free survey tool to find out about demographics, discipleship and evangelism in your worshipping community: Church Development Tool
  • Free online service register to save you time with completing your Annual Parish Return: Online Services Register
  • Free room booking system: The Church Organiser.
  • Free event ticketing system: The Church Organiser. If you prefer to pay for Eventbrite, make sure you access the reduced rate for churches.  
  • Free tool to help with administration of baptisms, weddings and funerals (‘Life Events’): The Church Organiser
  • Free system for regular giving: Parish Giving Scheme allows people to set up one-off or regular gifts to your church. Automatically claims Gift Aid on your behalf, to reduce administration and improve your cash flow. There is a small transaction charge for processing one-off gifts.
  • Free software for online and contactless giving: Give A Little enables you to collect online and contactless donations, by connecting with a SumUp and/or Stripe account. The Premium version of Give A Little (free to churches until at least the end of 2024) allows you to customise campaigns with images and videos and collect Gift Aid declarations. SumUp and Stripe charge a small transaction rate for processing donations.

Many of these tools are free to Church of England churches because they are paid for by the Archbishops’ Council using funding from the Church Commissioners.

Advice, guidance and resources by topic (A-Z) 

Also check your diocesan website for more.  

Administration, accounting and governance
Buying
Children, young people, families and schools
Digital, social media and websites for churches
Evangelism
Giving: Building a generous church, giving and online giving
Safeguarding
Services: Intercessions
Services: Official Church of England service and prayer texts
Services: Tools for planning worship/producing service sheets and booklets
Services: ‘Roots’ lectionary resources to support worship and learning, for weekly services
Vocations: Opportunities for you or to suggest to others in your church

Stay up to date on social media

We have a dedicated YouTube channel especially for local church leaders and volunteers: Resources from the Church of England YouTube channel.  

Information for local church leaders is shared regularly on X, Facebook and LinkedIn.  

The information on this page is checked regularly to ensure it is up to date. Page created: May 2024. Next update due: November 2024. For any feedback on this page, please email [email protected].