The Legacy Society
WILLS AND BEQUESTS
The Legacy Society is comprised of members and friends of the parish who have included Saint Mary’s in their will, have provided for the parish through a life income gift, or have made provisions for the future of the church in some other way. The Legacy Society ensures that Saint Mary’s will continue to welcome people to Times Square in Christ’s name for years to come.
Few of us can give substantial sums of money to charitable purposes while we are alive. Many of us do have the opportunity to leave bequests when we die. This is often done by making a church or charity a beneficiary in a will. Saint Mary’s Legacy Society is not about the money. It’s about helping the next generation encounter Christ in a place quite unlike any other.
Worship at Saint Mary’s has always been for God’s glory and worship has always been congregational. “Congregational act” is the phrase used at Saint Mary’s since its inception to describe the kind of worship we are committed to. Day by day, week by week, this commitment to worship still orders everything about Saint Mary’s. Please consider supporting the future at Saint Mary’s with the confidence that it’s always going to be about the glory of God and about worship as the center of everything the parish is and does. It’s the starting point and the ending. Worship empowers life and service as nothing else does.
One of the gifts a bequest can make today is the witness to others of faith in the future of this parish. Personal witness – something as simple as the listing of one’s name – can be an important encouragement to others to step forward and act. With that in mind, the annual report to the congregation contains a list of all bequests we have received – and every year there are many. In addition, members of Saint Mary’s Legacy Society are recognized and thanked every year at Evensong on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We remain grateful for the faith and witness of those who have gone before us and have made bequests to Saint Mary’s.
Please contact us if you would like to join the Legacy Society by putting Saint Mary’s into your will or by making a bequest to the parish.