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TAP: Casting your bread upon the waters

20 March 2015

HALFWAY through Lent, the Church Times Train-A-Priest Fund total stands at just under £25,000. This week, a generous donation came from a priest who wrote movingly: "As a recipient of a vital grant 52 years ago, I was able to support my wife and little daughter when I began training for the ministry".

In those early days of the Fund, the Church Times asked: "Is a Priest worth a shilling?", subsequently raising the stakes to a pound. A donation arrived with a note which read "Yes - and many more. So I'm sending 19 other pounds for those who don't bother to do anything about it."

Whether as a mark of your own appreciation, or on behalf of all those who won't bother, or who can't; or simply as a vote of confidence in the future of God's Church, will you dig deep this Lent to support the next generation of ordinands? They benefit, not only from your financial generosity, but from the knowledge that their vocation and commitment are recognised and supported by the Church they are called to server. 

WE STILL take cheques, postal orders, cash, and charity cheques. But many of our readers find that the simplest way to give is by means of the online giving page: www.hymnsam.co.uk/train-a-priest.aspx . This is a secure page, and so your donation can be given safely, in just a few moments.

Please send other donations to our Norwich office: TAP Fund, Church Times, 13a Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DR. (If you would like an acknowledgement, please enclose an S.A.E.)

Gift Aid enables UK taxpayers to increase their donations to TAP by an extra 25p in the £1, at no additional cost to themselves, by making a simple declaration of eligibility. You can do this on our online donations page, or, if sending a cheque, by using the accompanying form.

PLEASE encourage other people to give to TAP, too. A colour leaflet can be downloaded here (PDF, will open in new window). If you or your church is planning a special collection or fundraising effort, we'd be glad to know so we can mention it in the paper.

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