Have you ever thought of leaving a legacy to the church?
In your will, once you have made provision for your loved ones, a legacy to your local church is one of the most valuable and lasting ways in Which you can continue to support its mission and ministry in your community.
For many churches, regular giving is absorbed by regular expenses such as paying the parish share, insuring and heating the building or occasional repairs. A legacy from your estate is different. Many churches, including St James’s, have a legacy policy stating that they will not use legacy gifts for everyday expenditure; the Parochial church council can spend your gift on a special project to make a difference and achieve something that it could not otherwise afford.
Please consider how a gift in your will could help the Church meet the needs of future generations. There are many ways you can help support the work of the church. You may wish to leave a gift in your will to St James’s church, to re-ordering of the church or maintenance of its fabric, to mission or community projects or youth work at St James’s including its work with the Abbey school or the Salisbury diocese including its overseas partner, the diocese of South Sudan or nationally to the Church of England.
No matter how large or small, each gift can make a significant impact on our mission and ministry, and maintaining our spiritual heritage.
If you would like to make a legacy to the church, what should you do now?
You might like to discuss this first with your family or friends. If you still then Wish to make a legacy, you should then consult your solicitor about adding a clause about the legacy to your will (or indeed first making a will if you have not done so).
Copies of a helpful pamphlet, ‘The Legacy Service from the Church of England’, are available at the back of the church or please ask our church wardens: Philippa Forrest, Tel 01747 812365 or Alan Carter, Tel 01747 852820. More information is available online at www.churchlegacy.org.uk
If you have not made a will yet
Are you one of the 6 out of 10 people who has not made a will, or you made it several years ago and your circumstances have changed? Without a will, your loved ones could face a lot of trouble, work and expense after your death. Everyone should consider therefore making a will or periodically updating it. To do this, you should consult your solicitor. An informative pamphlet ‘Help and Support as you make your will’ is available at the back of the church.
The Vicar of St James’s Church Shaftesbury Rev Dr. Simon Chambers
and St James’s Parochial Church Council,