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Diocese Legacy Workshops

We have arranged workshops on 14 Mar (in West Sussex) and 17 Apr (in East Sussex) at which Eleanor Gill (National Legacies Officer, Archbishops' Council) will present. The workshops originally scheduled for 27 Feb had to be postponed because of the weather.

To register - just click or tap on one of the blue links below.
2pm 17 Apr 2018 - Fairlight TN35 4DA
7pm 17 April 2018 - Polegate BN26 5BX

These free workshops are part of our diocese-wide initiatives to help local churches. Please register your attendance as we need to limit the numbers!

Church of England's Legacy website

The Church of England has a Church Legacy website with essential information for individuals considering leaving a lasting gift to their local church in their Will.

The website provides further information on leaving a legacy, example wording for your Will, and information for Solicitors and for PCCs. Church Legacy also shares parish stories where a legacy gift has helped transform a church’s future.

Legacies, of whatever size, are a hugely valuable source of income to parish churches, contributing £44.8 million to parish income in 2011, that’s almost £3,000 per parish church per year.

Eleanor Gill, National Legacy and Funding Officer, said: “Legacies are a fundamental part of Stewardship and our 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.

“The website helps to communicate how gifts in Wills, are a lifeline for many of our churches, and enable them to grow their church’s ministry to young people, refurbish the kitchen, set up a support group for the community or preserve their historic church bells.”

The Church across Sussex usually receives over £2million annually through the generosity of people who have included us in their wills.

It’s a vital resource for the church – and a natural culmination of a life-time of giving. But it’s also a kindness you can offer to your next of kin … making sure that your affairs are in order and your wishes are clearly documented.

If you are thinking now about revising or creating a will, search online for a professional to help you, or click the Legacy Form link in the panel to the right.

November is Will Aid month

This November hundreds of solicitors up and down the country will be taking part in Will Aid. Instead of charging their normal fee, they will ask only for a voluntary donation. The suggested donation for a single basic will is £95 and for a pair of basic mirror wills we suggest £150. Don't miss out and book now to get your professionally drafted Will.

To 'Find a Solicitor' near you, all you need to do is click here. Will Aid appointments do get booked up very quickly so please don't hesitate, find your local Will Aid solicitor and make an appointment today.

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