Legacies – A Lasting Gift
A gift in your will can be an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God, and can help keep your local church alive, and transform its future.
No matter how large or small, every gift that is left to your local Church can make a lasting difference.
Your Will Matters
For nearly 500 years the Church of England has encouraged people to make a will. Every year thousands of people die without leaving a will. Making a will and updating it regularly is the one way to ensure your wishes are carried out after your death, giving peace of mind that you can continue to support the family, friends and the causes you love.
There are many ways you can help support the work of your parish with a gift in your will; for example, a gift could support the church’s ministry to young people, a refurbishment project, new facilities, repairs to the ancient fabric, or to buy some new hymn books for the church.
How might a gift in your will help us meet the needs of future generations?
We encourage every adult church member to:
- Make a will and review it regularly
- Consider leaving a gift to your parish
- Ask for further information and guidance in confidence
Your Church, Your Gift
As a Christian, and a member of your local church, many of us have been giving regularly to the mission and ministry of the parish. But, we are stewards of everything we own not just our income, and gifts in wills are a natural part of Christian giving.
Sometimes parish life can feel like an endless cycle of raising money to pay bills. A gift in your will is different. Our Parochial Church Council (PCC) have written a Legacy Policy (see below) confirming that, however large or small, we will use your gift to make a real difference in the parish.
Since needs change over the years, the PCC encourages gifts to be left for the general purposes of the parish. Church officials (usually the Rector or Churchwardens) will often discuss with executors the most appropriate use of your gift in the light of current projects and your areas of interest in the church.
Legacy gifts at All Saints Church Wyke Regis in recent times
have provided a toilet and kitchen for the church, a roof security alarm and
CCTV for the church, a new chalice, set of oils used in baptisms etc., new
churchwardens staves and training facilities for bell ringers.
Seek Professional Advice
Here is some suggested wording you could put in your will
To leave a share of your will
“I give ??% of my residuary estate free of all taxes to <organisation> in the Diocese of Salisbury for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Parochial Church Council shall be sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees”
To leave a fixed sum of money
“I give the sum of £???? (pounds only) free of all taxes to <organisation> in the Diocese of Salisbury for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Parochial Church Council shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees.”
The choices of organisation in our parish are:
- Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Wyke Regis, All Saints with St Edmund (if leaving to the whole parish)
- All Saints Church, Wyke Regis (if leaving specifically to All Saints Church)
- St Edmunds Church, Weymouth (if leaving specifically to St Edmunds Church)
We strongly advise you to seek professional advice and to see a solicitor when making or revising your Will. If you need advice finding a local Solicitor, please click here
You may wish to use a codicil to make an amendment to your existing Will. Click here to download a Codicil Template
You may wish to write a Letter of Wishes to sit alongside your Will. Click here to download a Letter of Wishes Template
A standard Will costs around £150 + VAT and the Solicitor should outline the cost upfront before you visit them. You may find our ‘Preparing to visit your Solicitor document helpful.
If you would like a leaflet on how to leave a legacy in your will, if you have any questions or would just like to discuss this further. Please contact Gary Hepburn Tel 01305 778169 or email All discussions and information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Our Parish Legacy Policy
In the Parish of Wyke Regis All Saints with St Edmund, 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 PCC legacy policy is to use gifts to help fund significant development projects, whether buildings, equipment or staff.
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 our future mission and ministry.
We will 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 contact Churchwarden and PCC Vice Chair Gary Hepburn on 01305 778169 or
If you would like to make a gift to our church in memoriam, please come and discuss this with us too. It can be a wonderful and appropriate way to remember a loved one