Legacy Resources to Help You

There are a number of additional resources to help your parish with legacy giving. Please find a detailed (but not exhaustive) list below. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact the National Legacy Officer Eleanor Stead on eleanor.stead@churchofengland.org or 020 7898 1564

Short Legacy Film for the PCC: A Lasting Difference 

A short film explaining how gifts in wills can help transform the lives of our local churches and communities, and how your PCC can encourage and welcome gifts in wills in your parish. This film lasts 4:30 and can be shown at a PCC Meeting.

PCC Legacy Toolkit 

The Toolkit provides everything you need to launch a successful legacy campaign. Helpful resources include our PCC Guide to Legacy Giving and our short PCC Legacy Film on Disc. There are also legacy leaflet, bookmark and poster samples, Bible Passages and Legacy Prayers.

Please email your name and postal address to Eleanor.Stead@churchofengland.org for your free copy.

Appointing a Parish Legacy Officer 

It is good practice to appoint someone to act as the main contact for legacies. This role involves encouraging church members to keep their wills up to date and consider the difference a gift in their will could make to their local church.

Click here to view our guidance on Appointing a Parish Legacy Officer

Legacy Literature and Materials Available  

It is important to make quality literature available so for those that wish to find out more. We recommend making free information available so people can take it away and prayerfully reflect.

To view our legacy resources and order your free copies today, please click here

Customise your own Parish Legacy Leaflet 

Encouraging legacy giving in your parish will be more relatable if you can communicate it at a local level. By personalising this leaflet using photographs of your church and its community, your message on gifts in wills, will really resonate with the reader.

We have word template documents available based on the generic legacy leaflet.

Click here to download our resource on how to create your own Parish Legacy Leaflet 

Click here to download a Single church legacy leaflet template in word

Click here to download a Multi church legacy leaflet template in word

A Professional Finish for your Parish Legacy Leaflet

We also offer a service of professional customising of literature. You provide the content and images, and we’ll work on your behalf with a designer and printer, to produce 500 legacy leaflets for your church at a total cost of £150.00.

For further information on paying for a professionally produced parish legacy leaflet please click here 

To discuss this option further, please contact the National Legacy and Funding Officer Eleanor Stead on Eleanor.Stead@churchofengland.org or call 020 7898 1564.

Codicil Forms 

A Codicil Form is an addition or supplement that explains, modifies, or revokes a will or part of one.

You can download a basic Codicil Form Template here

Letter of Wishes 

A Letter of Wishes is a document that accompanies your Will. It is not legally binding but can guide your executors and trustees to ensure your personal wishes are carried out.

You can download a basic Letter of Wishes Template here

Legacy Giving Workshops

Eleanor Gill, the National Legacy Officer facilitates a lively and informative workshop highlighting the financial, theological and practical reasons parishes should encourage legacies. She will offer practical steps parishes can take to encourage legacy gifts, introduce supportive literature and offer space for discussion.

 To find out if there’s an upcoming Legacy Giving Workshop in your Diocese, please click here

Parish Magazine Articles on Legacies and Wills 

A simple way to drip feed the message can be to feature an article on legacies and wills in your parish/church magazine. We have produced 5 example articles for you to use and adapt.

Click here to download Parish Magazine Legacy Articles

Further Help 

There is further help available at both a national and diocesan level.

Church Legacy Website

www.churchlegacy.org.uk is aimed at individuals and helps guide them through the process of making a will and how to leave a legacy to their local church. It also offers information and downloadable resources for solicitors.

Church Legacy and Wills Information Line

This provides help and advice to both parishes and individuals. You can speak to the National Legacy Officer at the Church of England on 08445 870875.

Diocesan Stewardship Advisor

Your Regional Advisor will help you plan your strategy, integrate legacies into the wider stewardship context and provide further help and support.

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