How you can make a lasting difference to your Church in Totteridge…
‘Nationally, more than five thousand people each year make a bequest to support the work of the Church. Here in the Diocese of St Albans such gifts make a significant contribution to our mission and ministry. They enable us to maintain our historic buildings and churchyards; they finance new projects as part of Living God’s Love; they help us maintain our bells and organs; and in some places they pay for pastoral or youth workers.
Leaving a legacy to the church goes hand in hand with our regular giving and is an important part of our Christian discipleship.
Making a Will and including a gift to your church is simple to do and can have a tremendous impact on the future of your church. Please read this page carefully and think seriously about acting on it.’
Bishop Alan of St. Albans
Your church in the Diocese of St Albans
St. Andrew’s parish is within the Diocese of St Albans, which has more than 350 clergy, over 300 Readers and 39,000 church members across over 400 churches. In addition over 27,000 children and young people attend 134 church schools throughout the diocese.
That is not the whole story; many parishes support and benefit from a growing number of youth and children’s workers. There are many different chaplaincies in hospitals, prisons, education and other areas as well as numerous community projects providing Christian mission and ministry to all sorts of people every day of the week.
A gift in your Will can help your church carry on its vital work day after day, year after year. It can also make a lasting difference by enabling your church to achieve something that it would not normally be able to do. If you want to, you can channel your gift to mission or community projects, to maintenance of the church fabric, to youth work or music or to any other aspect of church life that matters to you.
Your Will matters
Thinking about life after death should not be difficult for Christians! Make sure you are prepared practically as well as spiritually, whatever your age; write a Will and keep it up to date.
Having a Will can save your loved ones a lot of trouble. Without one, a court will decide how to divide your estate and who should look after your dependents.
Many Christians give regularly and proportionately from their income. Why not give proportionately from your estate too?
A gift to your church in your Will helps your church live out its mission in your community and can make its dreams come true.
It is a way to thank God for all the gifts of your lifetime, and to hand on the legacy we have received from generations of Christians past (our buildings, our faith) to Christians of the future.
Leaving a gift in your Will is tax efficient and can reduce the amount of inheritance tax you pay. Gifts to charity are themselves free from inheritance tax and a gift of 10% or more of your estate to a charity or charities (including the church) can reduce the amount of inheritance tax due on your estate.
When leaving gifts in your Will you might like to consider dividing your estate into ‘shares’ rather than specific cash amounts.
This has a number of benefits; it can help you provide for your family and friends first and share what is left over between your church and other charities that you care about; it reflects the Church’s teaching on proportionate giving; and the value of your gift will not be eroded by inflation over time. Your solicitor will be able to help you with this.
“Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name
comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.”
(1 Chronicles 29)
Taken from the Diocese of St Alban’s leaflet on Legacy and Wills. You can order a free pack or get more information from the Church Legacy and Wills Information Line on 08445 870875 or visit www.churchlegacy.org.uk or collect one from the foyer of St. Andrew’s Church. Alternatively, please contact St. Andrew's Church Treasurer, Alex Wishart, on 020 8446 6090 / firstname.lastname@example.org.