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St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood

Legacy Policy

At St Thomas’, we welcome all gifts in wills, however large or small. Our PCC Legacy Policy is to use gifts to help fund significant development projects, whether buildings, equipment or staff. Legacies will not be used to fund general maintenance and expenditure or fund the Parish Share.

Since needs change over the years, we encourage you to leave a gift in your will for the general purposes of the parish, rather than for a restricted purpose. We will discuss possible uses of your gift with your executors when the time comes, bearing in mind your known interests in the church (e g, music, buildings, children and youth, overseas mission or aid) and the church’s priorities at the time.

You can be confident that your gift will be used to make a real difference to our future mission and ministry.

We acknowledge gifts in whatever way the donor and/or his/her executors feel most appropriate to. Equally, we can make sure that gifts remain anonymous if the donor prefers.

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about the sorts of purposes your gift might fund, and how/if you would like your gift to be acknowledged, please speak initially to Fr Mark North or our Treasurer, email

If you would like to make a gift to our church in memory of a loved one, please do come and discuss this with us too. It can be a wonderful and appropriate way to remember a loved one.

Policy adopted by the PCC of St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood 28 January 2020


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What me, make a will?

Have you made a will yet? It is not something to do, just when you are getting old, a will defines your wishes, written carefully it will protect your family for the future. Your will is not just a document to file with your other papers, it needs to be kept safe and it should be reviewed regularly, at least every five years. It is your will, your record of your wishes – a working document.

There is a handy leaflet attached, ‘Why every Christian should have a Will’. It briefly and concisely covers the reasons why you should, and how to go about making your will. In your will you can set out your wishes, dealing with your assets, taking care of your children, protecting your property for your family, above all giving you peace of mind.

Concurrently with this article, we at St Thomas’ are launching our ‘legacy policy’ – which sets out how legacies will be used by the church and, encouraging you to think about leaving of a gift to St Thomas’ church in your will. The generous gifts of past worshippers have allowed us, as a worshipping community, to invest in improving our building and its facilities, investments that just can’t be made out of everyday giving which is committed to the day to day costs of running St Thomas’ and funding the ministry we receive and offer. The legacy policy can be found on our website if you would like to find out more about what it says.

It is important to consider making a will when you own your property and/or have responsibilities like a family, none of us knows how long we have in this world, don’t jeopardise your family’s future by delay – it is best to obtain independent advice when making your will, most legal practices have a team dedicated to wills. Give it some thought …… today.

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