LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.1 Chronicles 29:16
Once you have made provision for your loved ones, you have the opportunity to make a lasting gift to God, by leaving a legacy to His church. Leaving a gift in your Will to your local church is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support the mission and ministry in your community.
A gift can be an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God, and can help keep your local church alive, and help transform its future.
To find out more, view our Legacy Information Pack.
Making a difference
For many churches, regular giving is absorbed in ‘keeping the show on the road’. This usually involves everyday activities such as paying the parish share, insuring and heating the building, repairing the roof etc.
A gift from your estate is different. Many churches have a legacy policy stating that they will not use legacy gifts for everyday expenditure; the PCC will spend your gift on a special project to make a difference.
For example, a gift in your Will could support your church’s ministry to young people, refurbish the kitchen, support an overseas mission partner, help to reorder the church, preserve their historic church bells or equip the church with new Bibles.
No matter how large or small, each gift can make a significant impact on our mission and ministry, and maintaining our spiritual heritage.
Please consider how a gift in your Will could help the Church meet the needs of future generations.
How your gift can make a difference
Church and fabric building
Every church is a part of the local landscape and community. Many of our churches are improving their toilet and kitchen facilities, building better access, opening rooms for functions and creating warm, welcoming environment for all. A gift in your will could help protect our unique heritage now, and for future generations.
Mission and ministry
Do you wish your church could reach out to the vulnerable in your local community? Many of our churches are transforming their communities by working in areas of great need. Your gift could pay for an outreach activity such as a soup kitchen for the homeless, debt counselling or a befriending service for the elderly.
A legacy gift could fund a crèche or an after-school club, enabling the Church to reach out to young families and their children in the community. In addition many Church’s would like to employ a Youth and Children’s Worker to encourage more children and young people to attend church regularly; a future legacy could help achieve this.
Over many centuries organists, singers and composers have passed down strong musical traditions, which continue to play a leading role in the musical and cultural life of the Church . Your gift could provide music or vestments for the choir, instruments for the band, or enable the organ to be rebuilt.