Leaving a Legacy

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Transforming your church's future

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.

 

Making a Difference

Truro's Giving Shop GroupFor 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. It's well worth talking to your Vicar or Parochial Church Council about what would be most helpful.

Play it againFor 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.

Peter's Legacy

The Revd Jeremy Thompson, Rector of St John Lee, near Hexham, remembers Peter - and his unrestricted legacy - with gratitude:

Peter’s sudden and untimely death was a shock for the whole congregation. He had been a long time, very faithful much loved member and had played a very full part in the life of the church. He had been a member of the PCC and had had a particular desire to see lay participation grow and the mission of the church reach out into our community.

Peter had been a very thoughtful man and in his generosity had left the church a not inconsiderable sum of money. In his will he made two stipulations concerning the money he left. The first was that it must NOT be used for the fabric of the church; the second that it should be used at the discretion of the Rector.

Peter I think realised that these two stipulations would free up his gift so that it would be used in the spirit with which he lived his life and with which he gave it. Peter wanted his gift to be useful, by stipulating it not be used for the fabric of the church meant that it was not salted away in a fabric fund to be used at some time in the future.

By resting the use of the funds in the Rector’s discretion meant that the fund was more likely to be used for pastoral and mission uses than as a source of income in a high interest deposit account.

In the last few years Peter's money has been put to good use supporting pastoral initiatives like our embryonic Messy Church when it was just starting up; paying for training for members of our Local Ministry Development Team and for our curate, and making loans to families in need. Quite often a mission initiative has been suggested and we've said, “That's the kind of thing Peter’s money would pay for.” And it has, so enabling a member of the congregation to grow in discipleship or an event to take place that might otherwise not.

We thank Peter for his generosity and particularly for not tying his gift up in a way which would have limited its value.

 A legacy for St Andrew's

An unrestricted legacy in excess of £100,000 enabled St Andrew's Church to repair and maintain the grade 1 listed medieval church building and install a much-needed heating system.

In November 2016, the PCC at St. Andrew’s Church, Bothal, received a legacy slightly in excess of £100,000 from the estate of a woman who had worshipped regularly there for most of her life,  and who had been very active in the life of the church in many different ways. Being unrestricted, the legacy gave the PCC the freedom to use it as seemed most helpful.

Apart from the purchase of a commemorative silver communion cup it is to be put to the maintenance, repair, improvement and preservation of our wonderful grade 1 listed medieval church building and its precious heritage. A major part of this will be the provision of a much needed efficient heating system, the lack of which has for many years been a serious weakness in the building’s effectiveness not only as a place of worship but also as a venue for a variety of community and social activities, especially in the winter months.

With building costs thus taken care of, more of the money collected from regular giving and fund-raising can be used to support the increasing costs of ministry and mission, not least of course maintaining our contributions to the wider church through parish share. Through her legacy, our friend continues to play a very important part in the life and witness of St. Andrew’s.

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