THE Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund appeal enters its last month. Although it is a Lenten appeal, we have learnt over the years that much of the money raised comes to us after Easter. This has been particularly true this year, since TAP Africa — with all the funds given going to support ordinands on that continent — is a new venture.
Despite its novelty, Church Times readers have responded generously to the opportunity to donate to the next generation of priests in Africa, for whom the smallest sums can make significant differences to their ability to train. Many support extended families, and your donations, filtered through our partner CAPA — the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa — will alleviate hardship and anxiety, especially at a time when Covid-19 is disrupting normal life.
We know that many clerical readers donate to TAP out of gratitude for the support that they received when they trained for the ministry in the UK. Many lay people follow suit, in recognition of the ministry that they have received. Donations to TAP Africa will benefit people further away, but the cause is just as worthy.
How to donate to the TAP Fund
Every penny you can give goes to ordinands in Africa who face financial difficulty, to support them as they complete their training. Nothing is retained to cover administrative expenses.
Donate online quickly and securely: www.hymnsam.co.uk/donations/tap-fund/
Or you can give by cheque or charity voucher. Please make cheques payable to: “The TAP Fund” and send to:
TAP Fund, Church Times, Hymns Ancient & Modern, 13a Hellesdon Road, Norwich NR6 5DR
If you are a UK payer of income or capital gains tax, a payment by Gift Aid means that the Church Times, through the Hymns Ancient & Modern charity, can recover 25p for every £1 that you give.
If your donation is eligible for Gift Aid, please include a completed TAP Gift Aid form with your cheque. You can also opt for Gift Aid when making an online donation.