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Remembering the Church in your Will is a wonderful way both to thank God for the blessings that you have received and to help the Church to meet the needs of future generations.

  • Thinking about life after death should not be difficult for Christians! Make sure you are prepared practically as well as spiritually. Whatever your age, write a Will and keep it up to date.
  • If you die without a Will, your loved ones could face a lot of trouble and expense, and a court could decide how your property is divided.
  • Many Christians give regularly and proportionately from their income. Why not give proportionately from your estate too?
  • A gift in your Will helps our churches to live out our dreams and mission in this community.
  • It’s a way to thank God for all the gifts of life and faith - and to hand them on to future generations.

What will the Parish do with my legacy?

Leaving a legacy to the parish is one of the most effective ways that you can support and safeguard its work and mission for future generations.

The parish doesn’t have a significant endowment and is therefore highly dependent on the generosity of individuals and organizations that support our mission. However we also need to build for the future and to undertake important projects that simply cannot be funded from regular income.

Leaving a legacy, regardless of its size, makes a real difference to the parish.

  • All legacies are used to support the long-term development of the parish, its work and worship.
  • Leaving a gift in your Will can reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable on your estate, with none being spent on administration.
  • You can specify whether your legacy is used for general parish purposes or music, fabric or education, for Holy Trinity or St Columba - which will be honoured by the PCC.

Recent legacies have enabled the parish to ___________, for which the parish is exceptionally grateful. None of this would have been possible without these legacies.

To find out more

The PCC has a legacy policy which states that legacy gifts will be used to help fund development projects which may include buildings, equipment or staff. We will be happy to discuss possible uses of gifts with the executors when the time comes, in order to ensure that we take account of the donor’s known areas of interest in the church and the Parish priorities at the time.

The purpose of the policy is to give donors confidence that their gift will be used to make a real difference to future mission and ministry rather than being used for day to day running costs.

The Church of England has launched a Legacy Service, through which:

  • You can specify the parishes, cathedrals, dioceses and other charities you would like to benefit from your gift, or the kind of work you would like your gift to support.
  • You can direct how the recipients should use your gift.
  • You can change your mind about where you’d like the gift to go at any time. You can write a new letter of wishes whenever you want to, without having to change your will.
  • The service is free, offered by the church to make it easier for you.

Legacy packs, containing a wealth of useful information, are available in each church. They can also be obtained from www.churchlegacy.org.uk or by emailing pack@churchlegacy.org.uk.

You can discuss legacies in confidence with the Treasurer.