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Make an Easter offering for priests

17 April 2014

LENT is almost over, but it is not too late to give to the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal. It stays open during Eastertide. If you haven't had time to give to TAP during Lent, why not make an Easter offering in thanksgiving for priestly ministry received - or exercised? Every gift to TAP is ring-fenced for ministry. Not a penny is deducted to cover administrative costs.

There is also plenty of time to organise a special collection or a fund-raising effort for this year's appeal. The annual parochial church meeting, often held on Low Sunday, is a good opportunity to spread the word about TAP. To help you, a colour leaflet that does all the explaining, and which includes a Gift Aid form, can be downloaded from our website.

TAP grants are made to ordinands, married or single, in full-time training for the priesthood in the C of E. In addition, ten per cent of every donation goes into the Special Hardship Fund.

Anyone in training - full- or part-time - for the priesthood in the C of E can apply for a TAP Special Hardship grant if he or she experiences unforeseen financial difficulties.

You can give by cheque, postal order, cash, and charity cheque. The Gift Aid form, which increases the value of a taxpayer's donation, is printed here. But many of our readers find that the simplest way to give is by means of our secure online giving page: www.hymnsam.co.uk/train-a-priest.aspx.

Please send other donations to: TAP Fund, Church Times, 13a Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DR. For an acknowledgement, please enclose a SAE. To earmark a donation for the Special Hardship Fund, please use a covering note.

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