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Legacies to St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden

A gift in your will can be an expression of gratitiude and thanksgiving towards God, and is a vital part of keeping St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden alive and securing it's future. Here at St Mary Magdalene we try to use income from legacies to support our common life, improve our facilities and preserve our mediaeval church. Throughout November both churches in the benefice will be sharing information about how you can support your church through your will. Look our for the bookmarks and leaflets that will give you more information. November is also Will Aid month, when lots of solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. Find out more at www.willaid.org.uk.

Suggested Wording for your Will

"I give ___ % of my residuary estate OR I give the sum of £___ free of all taxes to the Parochial Church Council of St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden in the Diocese of Oxford for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Parochial Church Council shall be sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees."

Harvest Thank Yous

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Harvest Festival and Lunch. The lunch produced a profit of £307.76 and the auction £165, making a total of £472.76 to be sent to FarmAfrica.

Deepening Faith

Please pick up a flyer in church to find out when the Deepening Faith Course will be happening. This is for anyone who wants to deepen their faith and spiritual life, but is particularly appropriate if you would like to explore confirmation or begin to take Holy Communion.

Confirmation for Young People

Confirmation is a valuable part of a young person's growth, as it gives them the opportunity to ask big questions about life and faith. We will be offering confirmation preparation for young people in a group that will run on Sunday afternoons in Holy Trinity, Prestwood. Bishop Alan will conduct confirmations on Sunday, February 2, 2020. If you or a young person in your family is interested in confirmation then please pick up a flyer in church or talk to Kevin. The age at which this is right depends very much on the individual, but as a guide we'd say 10+ is usually about right.

2020 Vision

We have launched the fundraising appeal for our 2020 Vision project as we approach our 800th Anniversary next year. This is an exciting opportunity to preserve our church's heritage whilst making it feel much warmer, lighter and more comfortable for us all. Our plans are still developing. We need you to get involved by praying for our vision, supporting us in fundraising, and working alongside the dedicated team who are delivering the vision for our church as a place of meeting between God and his people. To find out more pick up a leaflet or look online at www.greathampden.org.uk/2020. To get involved please speak to one of the clergy, Tony, Val or Roger.

Safeguarding

This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community. The parish Safeguarding Policy can be seen here. Our Safeguarding Officer is Val Gristwood.