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Can you help to train a priest?

09 March 2018

HAVE you ever had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong? That is what happened to Jessica when her gearbox and brakes failed. To top it off, her car needed a new set of tyres as well. This was beyond her budget.

Thanks to you, Jessica was able to apply for a special hardship grant from the TAP Fund. It covered the £300 shortfall, and allowed her to get back on the road and continue her studies.

The Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund has been supporting ordinands since 1952. Our readers know how tight budgets can be when people are training for the ministry, and so respond generously each year.

This year, all the money raised will go towards helping ordinands like Jessica cope with unforeseen emergencies. The Fund currently stands at £16,398.46.

Will you help? Every penny of every pound given goes di­­rectly to or­­dinands. Nothing is kept back for administer­ing the fund. Giving couldn’t be easier.


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 an SAE. 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 in last week’s issue.


Spread the word

PLEASE encourage other people to give to TAP, too. A leaflet can be down­loaded from the Church Times website; and we encourage churches to hold a collection or fund-raising effort. Please let us know about your support, and your stories: we like to mention them in the Church Times. And don’t forget TAP in your will.

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