Our churches across the Parishes continue to be an essential part of our community, for worship, for baptisms, weddings and funerals and for the support of our schools. Our mission is also to seek ways to make our churches relevant and supportive in our community, caring for spiritual and pastoral needs. In order to achieve our aims, we need to maintain a solid financial foundation. There are a number of ways in which you may wish to contribute to help us sustain a vibrant Church presence in our parishes.
Legacies - A lasting gift to your church
Set out below is our current legacy policy.
At Beltingham with Henshaw we welcome all gifts in wills, however large or small, and we promise to use your gift to make a difference in our parish. Our Parochial Church Council Legacy Policy is to use gifts for the benefit of the whole parish, helping to pay for the full cost of clergy presence, day to day bills, or to support a special project.
We manage to pay our way by raising about £54,000 each year. This however does not cover the costs of special repairs. Currently,outstanding projects will cost £34,500. £20,000 for repair to two windows at Beltingham church and, £14,500 for minor structural work at Henshaw church.
There are many regular attendees, who give very generously, and in addition, the wider community readily support our fundraising events. We are very grateful to all those that want to see our Christian ministry continue to flourish, and our churches remain in good order.
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 areas of interest 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 the mission and ministry in our parish.
We will acknowledge gifts in whatever way the donor and/or his/her executors feel most appropriate. Equally, we can make sure gifts remain anonymous if the donor prefers.
If you would like to make a gift to our church in memory of a loved one, please do come and discuss this too.
Policy for Haydon Bridge
If you would like to make a donation to support the work of our Churches, click here to access an on line giving facility. If you would rather send a donation by post, please address it to the Vicar, the Rev’d Benjamin Carter, indicating which of the Churches in our Parishes you wish your gift to be used for.