LEGACIES - A lasting gift to your Church


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

For 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 DCC will spend your gift on a special project to make a difference.

For 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. 

No matter how large or small, every gift that is left to the Church can make a significant impact on our mission and ministry, and in maintaining our spiritual heritage. There are many ways you can help support the work of the church, you may wish to leave a gift in your will to your church locally, regionally or nationally. Please consider how a gift in your Will could help us meet the needs of future generations. 

A Legacy to your local Church

One of the Church of England’s greatest strengths is its engagement in every community through its local parish church. A gift in your will can make a lasting difference by enabling your parish to achieve something that it would not normally do. You may wish to channel your gift to mission or community projects, to maintenance of the church fabric, to youth work or music, or in some other way.

A Legacy to your Cathedral

You may wish to support your local cathedral. A cathedral is often the most historical and architecturally important building in its city; a spiritual focus for visitors, worshippers and pilgrims from near and far. A gift to your cathedral would help preserve it for future generations and extend its mission into the wider community. 

A Legacy to your Diocese

You can choose to leave a legacy gift to the diocese. Your diocese will most likely have its own Mission Fund which makes grants to parishes across your region for community engagement and mission projects.

Your gift could help churches in poorer parts of your region with their mission and ministry or fund an exciting regional project to work with young people or refugees. 

A Legacy to the Church of England

You can also leave a gift to the work of the Church nationally. A gift to the Church of England Pensions Board will help support retired clergy, and provide retirement homes for clergy and their dependents. Alternatively a gift to the Archbishops’ Council could fund special projects at a national level, the most recent being the Weddings Project. 

The Church Legacy Service

The Church Legacy Service allows you to make a difference to the work in your parish and beyond with one simple gift in your Will.

The service enables you to leave multiple charitable gifts in your Will, both to the Church of England and to other charities you hold close to your heart. 

How does it work?

You simply insert one clause into your Will leaving a gift to the Archbishops' Council, accompanied by a Letter of Wishes indicating how you wish your gift to be divided up between different parts of the Church.

For example, you could request that 10% of your estate be given to your local parish church, 5% to your cathedral and 5% to your overseas mission link partner.

The advantage of the Church Legacy Service is that you can change your Letter of Wishes as your wishes change over the years, without having to re-write your Will.


to find out more, contact your Treasurer, or visit the C of E website  www.churchlegacy.org.uk

 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Isaiah 40:31


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