One way which might assist in achieving your parish goals is that of Legacy giving. For many, the idea of giving by way of Legacy is something only for the very rich and is perceived as being complicated and difficult to organise. With the help of the Church Legacy Service, this need not be the case.
Encouraging Legacy Giving in your Parish!
A new Church Of England Legacy website was launched on February 2nd and 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:
Canon John Kiddle, Diocesan Director of Mission, who was vicar of St Lukes 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.
During 2014 we have held a series of workshops run by Eleanor Gill, National Legacy and Funding Officer, encouraging delegates to recognise the rich potential for funding ministry and mission through legacy giving, and the importance of Wills and gifts in Wills as part of Christian Stewardship.
– a sample legacy policy can be found here
– sample articles for parish magazines can be found here
Will Aid: Use your Will Power and make a Will this November
In November 2014 St Albans Diocese will be facilitating Will Aid, 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.
So, if you are you one of the 6 out of 10 people who have not yet made a Will, why not run a Will Aid Event this November?
How can my Parish get involved?
This November, we are encouraging all of our parishioners in the Diocese of St Albans to approach their congregations and communities and run a Will Aid Event.
By now every parish will have received their promotional materials – posters, fliers and will planners.
Will Aid is a way of encouraging parishioners to write a Will, as well as raising funds for nine highly respected charities including Christian Aid.
By organising a Will Aid Event, parishioners get the benefit of a professionally drawn up Will at a reasonable cost. This November, why not run a Will Aid Event and invite a good solicitor to visit your Church? You could use this as an opportunity to discuss legacy giving with your parishioners.
The list of participating solicitors is now available on the will aid website and can be accessed here: www.willaid.org.uk/will-makers/find-solicitor-2016
If you have a solicitor in your congregation – or a member of the congregation as 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