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TAP: vote for priesthood

15 March 2013

ONLY cardinals of the Church of Rome can vote for a new pope; but every Church Times reader has been invited this Lent to give a vote of confidence in the priesthood in the Church of England.

The Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal stays open through Eastertide; so there is plenty of opportunity to have your say - and send an encouraging "smoke" signal to the Church of England's ordinands.

Simply send cheques, postal orders, charity cheques, and cash to: TAP Fund, Church Times, 13a Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DR. For an acknowledgement, please enclose an SAE. To Gift Aid your donation, please use the form on the right. Or use our easy online giving page: http://www.hymnsam.co.uk/train-a-priest.aspx.

Generous readers sent in £2963 this week; so this year's appeal total is creeping up slowly. One way to give it a boost is to organise a special collection in your church. We have made a full-colour leaflet available to download and print out at www.churchtimes.co.uk. This will do all the explaining for you, and includes a Gift Aid form.

More than 5600 ordinands and their families have benefited from the TAP Fund since it was set up in 1952. The average TAP grant made to a married candidate with children in the past year has been £995. These grants are for students in residential training. Ten per cent of every donation goes into a Special Hardship Fund. Both college and course students for the priesthood in the C of E are eligible to apply for hardship grants.

Please note that we do not use donors' details for any non-TAP purposes. Hymns A&M never sells on any details for any purposes.


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