THIS year’s Train-a-Priest (TAP) Fund is up and running (News, 3 March). Our readers have shown considerable generosity in previous years, and we trust that this year will be no exception.
Your donations fund TAP grants for many candidates in residential training, and also go towards a TAP Special Hardship Fund for ordinands facing unforeseen money troubles.
As Lent brings to mind the reality of mortality, why not remember the TAP Fund in your will, so that future generations of ordinands can be supported? We have received some generous legacies in past years, but even a relatively small amount can go a long way.
At the Church Times, we have been heartened by correspondence from past TAP recipients, who remember the crucial difference that a grant made. Please consider giving generously this year. It really does make a difference.
How to give
GIVING online is easiest for many donors, and for us. Simply visit www.hymnsam.co.uk/train-a-priest.aspx. This is a secure page with clear instructions.
We also accept cheques, postal orders, cash, and charity cheques, which should be sent to: TAP Fund, Church Times, 13a Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DR. If you would like an acknowledgement, please enclose a SAE. To earmark all of a donation for the Special Hardship Fund, please use a covering note.
UK taxpayers can boost their gift by making a Gift Aid declaration. Please do this on our online donations page, or by enclosing the form that can be found overleaf.
Spread the word
PLEASE encourage other people to give to TAP, too. A colour leaflet can be downloaded from the Church Times website; and we encourage churches to hold a special collection or fund-raising effort. Please let us know about your support, and your stories, if you are doing so: we like to mention them in the Church Times.