In tough times we're often asked to give more and we can't always afford it no matter how passionately we feel about the nature of the request.
However there is a way forward which can ensure a sustainable future for your church and it won't cost you anything in the immediate term – this is a bequest in your Will
A bequest is the easiest way to leave a gift to your parish or the Wellington Diocese. It allows you to give more than what you probably give annually and it doesn't affect your day to day living costs.
More importantly it is a way of giving thanks to God for the life He has provided.
In order to make a bequest you need to have a Will. A Will is essential for a number of reasons. It allows you to express your love for family and friends and to benefit organizations that are important to you by providing for each of them. It also helps ensure the orderly administration of your estate. Your family solicitor is the best person to help you with a Will. He or she can assist you with all your estate planning and provide a valuable and unbiased perspective.
When making a bequest it is wise to inflation-proof your gift. The best way to do this is to give a named percentage value of your estate. Bequests can also include other assets such as shares, artwork or antiques which can be sold and the funds used to fulfil your bequest.
If you look around your church you will often see a history of what others have given, on the walls, pews, or the windows and in the special funds held by the parish or Diocese that have been given to ensure a sustainable future. You too can assist with the future work or needs of your church by doing the same.
For more information about bequests please email
or call Anne Hannah on 04 471 8590.
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