IT IS already almost Passiontide, but there is still plenty of
time to give to our unique Lenten appeal for the Church
Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund, if you haven't already. Will
YOU help to train a priest?
There is also plenty of time to organise a special collection or
a fund-raising effort for this year's appeal, as it stays open
throughout Eastertide. To help you to spread the word about TAP, we
have produced a colour leaflet that explains what TAP is all about,
and which includes a Gift Aid form, and this
can be downloaded here (PDF).
If you are a UK taxpayer, a Gift Aid declaration increases the
value of your donation significantly. The Gift Aid form has also
been printed in past issues of the Church Times.
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 for the priesthood in the C of E - in a college,
in a course, or an OLM scheme - can apply for a Hardship grant if
he or she experiences financial difficulties.
You can give by cheque, postal order, cash, and charity cheque.
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.