Legacy giving


For nearly 500 years the Church of England has encouraged people to make a will. Each year approximately 5,000 people leave a gift in their wills to a Church of England parish. These gifts finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities. For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God and to their church family. It is also a way to make a lasting difference to the future of their church and community. 

It is recommended that each PCC has a legacy policy and ensures that resources are available to individuals, outlining why legacies are so significant and how a legacy gift can be set up. To find out more, visit Church of England - Legacy where you can also;

  • Order a free copy of the PCC Legacy Toolkit 
  • Find templates to make and communicate a legacy policy   
  • Order free literature to use in your church
  • Find out about information you can make available on your church website, including a national website you can link to
  • Create an inexpensive legacy leaflet or legacy bookmark designed and customised for your church

***Farewill Project - Autumn 2021***

This autumn, the Church of England has partnered with Farewill, the National Will Writing Firm of the Year 2020, to offer an online will writing service, which you can do from the comfort of your home in less than 30 minutes. Farewill’s specialist team are available to help you over the phone or live chat 7 days a week, 9am-7pm. There are a limited number of free wills available on a first-come-first served basis.

There is no obligation for anyone to leave a gift in their will to their church. However, if you decide that you can, your gift - great or small - will make a real difference to your church’s life for future generations.

Click to:  claim your free will 


The Impact of Legacies

For insight into the data relating to legacies and the future significance of this for the Church of England please look at the following documents:


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