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Wills and Legacies

Legacies are a fundamental part of Stewardship and Christian Giving; leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can give thanks to God for the gifts of your life and lifetime. 

On this page you will find links to a wide range of resources for both church leaders and individuals who would like to know more about leaving a gift in their for the work of the church If you would like to know more, please contact Sarah Vullo, the Diocesan Stewardship Support Officer.

Information for parishes

The Church of England has a comprehensive website at www.parishresources.org.uk/legacies/.

How to encourage legacy giving:

  • PCC legacy toolkit, including a guide for the PCC and a CD of the new legacy film
  • Leaflets and other materials to offer for your congregation
  • Sample codicil and letter of wishes forms
  • Parish magazine articles

Why every Christian should have a Will:

  • The importance of making a Will
  • NEW A list of free or discounted Will-writing schemes
  • Seeking professional advice, with links to the Law Society website

 Guidance for a PCC on receiving a legacy:

  • NEW Step-by-step guidance for a PCC receiving a legacy
  • NEW The PCC meeting following notification of a legacy
  • NEW Guidance notes for lay executors
  • NEW PCC Guide to Inheritance Tax rules

Information for individuals

The Church of England has launched its new Church Legacy website at www.churchlegacy.org.uk and offers essential and accessible information for individuals who want to find out more about leaving a gift in their Will to their local or wider church.

  • The difference a legacy can make
  • The importance of writing a Will
  • The importance of seeking professional advice and preparing your visit to a solicitor
  • Wording for your Will
  • Inheritance tax and other frequently asked questions

The impact of legacy gifts

There are many examples of legacy gifts making a difference across our parishes, from a gift of a few hundred pounds which helped fund a families worker to many thousands enabling churches to undergo major refurbishments. Visit the Church Legacy website ​to see case studies from across the Church of England.

Sarah Vullo

Stewardship Support Officer

Sarah Vullo Website

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Then afterward
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:28

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