Encouraging legacy giving in your church should be part of every stewardship and giving campaign. For generations our churches have been built, restored and renovated through people’s generosity after their death.
Legacy giving is about helping our generous stewards in life be generous after their deaths.
Encouraging Legacy Giving in your Parish!
The Church Of England Legacy website can be found at http://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/. It contains stories of many churches who have received legacies including St Luke’s Church in Watford.
“St Luke’s used an unexpected legacy to boost its building project constructing a new church and a community centre in the carpark. The former church, built in 1937, was attractively converted to a hall space, which was in fact the original plan. The legacy was received from a parishioner named Joyce who had been a church member for many years, and her generous gift contributed towards the £1.75m building project.
In memory of Joyce:
The Venerable John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Southwark Diocese, who was vicar of St Luke’s at the time of the building project said:
“The legacy was the much needed last step to realising a project that had already been given huge support from both church members and those in the community.
We dedicated the first storey of the community centre in memory of Joyce who donated the money. Her particular wish was that the money would fund a building where people could come to explore faith. This is an excellent example of where a legacy, however unexpected contributed to the mission of the church in its local community.”
Make a Will – leave a lasting gift to your 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.“A range of materials are available from the Church Legacy website and Parish Resources website to support parishes waiting to encourage this type of giving.
Will Aid: Use your Will Power and make a Will this November
Will Aid is an initiative where local solicitors are ready and willing to help people put their affairs in order and secure the future for their loved ones. They are offering to write basic Wills without charging their normal fee. All that they ask in return is that clients consider making a donation to Will Aid.
In 2013, the scheme raised over £2 million with 24,000 people making their Will and 70,000 people hearing about what Will Aid does. Ten Church of England Dioceses took part with 73 enquiries citing their church as their source of enquiry.
The list of participating solicitors is now available on the will aid website and can be accessed here: https://www.willaid.org.uk/will-makers/find-a-solicitor-off
If you have a solicitor in your congregation – or a member of the congregation has a solicitor friend – ask them to find out more about Will Aid and help your church organise a Will Aid Event.
Follow the link below for more details or more leaflets