For nearly 500 years the Church of England has encouraged people to make a will. Each year approximately 5,000 people leave a gift in their wills to a Church of England parish. These gifts finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities. For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God and to their church family. It is also a way to make a lasting difference to the future of their church and community. It is therefore recommended that each PCC has a legacy policy and ensures that resources are available to individuals, outlining why legacies are so significant and how a legacy gift can be set up.
- How to Run a Legacy Campaign
- How to Organise a Legacy Event
- Template Legacy Policy
- Legacy Checklist for ideas to continue encouraging legacy giving in your church.
- Church of England - Legacy (Resources) to find out how to find out how to share legacy stories
- Church of England - Church Legacy (Our Faith) to access information to make available on your own church website.
- Church Print Hub - Legacy Giving *to order a range of free resources including; a PCC legacy toolkit, explanatory booklets, customisable leaflets and bookmarks
*NB The Church Print Hub resources are moving so alll customisable item will be available by mid June through CPO www.cpo.org.uk/cph
Legacy Giving Workshop - May 2022
The Generous Giving Team recently ran an online workshop in conjunction with Christian Aid, to provide support to parishes looking to get started with legacy giving, and to offer new ideas to those in need of a refocus. We discussed how to overcome barriers to talking about legacy giving, discovered practical support and resources available, and explained how you can obtain free wills for your parish through our Farewill Offer (available on a limited basis). A recording of one of the sessions is available to watch back here.
Making a will and keeping it updated is the only way to make sure your wishes are carried out after your death, giving you peace of mind that you can continue to support the family, friends and charities you love. However will writing can often seem like a time consuming and difficult thing to do – and that’s a big reason why many people put it off.
To make life easier, the Diocese of Newcastle and the Church of England have partnered with Farewill, the UK’s favourite will writer, to offer a free online will writing service which you can do from the comfort of your home in less than 30 minutes.
Free wills are available in the Diocese of Newcastle by clicking here. This offer isn’t strictly time-limited but the offer is on a first-come, first-served basis. No personal data will be shared between Farewill and the Church of England and wills are written by Farewill in the strictest confidence.
Since launching their online will writing service in 2016, Farewill have helped over 70,000 people write their wills in a simple, convenient and empathetic way. They have launched telephone wills, lasting powers of attorney, a full probate offering and funeral service using the same core principles – to help make everything to do with death easier, faster and fairer for people all over the UK.
Farewill are now the largest and most trusted will writer in the UK, voted National Will Writing Firm of the Year at the British Wills and Probate Awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021. They are proud to have over 8,000 reviews on Trustpilot and an average score of 4.9/5 stars - the highest Trustpilot score for any legal or financial services business globally.
Farewill's specialist team are available to help you over the phone or live chat 6 days a week, 9am-7pm. Every will is proof read and checked by their specialist wills team.