A gift in your will

Our mission, to offer the Bible to every man, woman and child, is big. It’s not a five year project, or even a 50 year project. We’ve been connecting people to the Bible for over 200 years, and we’re building on the foundations of those who’ve gone before us. But there’s still so much to do.

Legacy gifts are one of the most significant ways of ensuring the work continues; by remembering us when you make your will, you’ll enable people in the future to experience the Bible for themselves. Your legacy could transform thousands of lives by the word of God. See the difference a legacy is making in southern Africa.

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Why leave a legacy

Today, as Christianity grows around the world, we’re translating and producing Bibles in printed and digital formats, so that people can engage with Scripture in their heart language. Your legacy gift can help us translate the Bible into new languages, distribute Bibles to communities too poor to buy their own, or help people engage with the Bible and discover its value for themselves.

Heather Clements volunteers with Bible Society. She wants to tell you about the difference a legacy gift is making in southern Africa. Watch her video, or download it to show in your church or small groups.

How you can leave a legacy

  1. Think about what you have – your estate and assets – and who you’d like to be your executor.
  2. Choose who you will remember in your will, including family, friends and the causes you care about, like Bible Society.
  3. Decide who will write your will. We strongly suggest using a solicitor to make sure everything is legal and valid.

Please take a moment to complete our get in touch form, giving us notice of your intentions. 

Don’t forget: If you already have a will, and wish to add Bible Society as one of your beneficiaries, ask a solicitor to help you complete a codicil and then keep it safe with your will.

Why our supporters leave gifts in their will

'Barbara and I have both left a legacy to Bible Society in our wills because we could see the importance, beyond our time, of people needing the Bible in their own language.

'The Bible is very important to me. It’s helped mould my life as a Christian, and I always try to encourage other people to read the Bible. Basically, I hope that through our legacy gift, people will come to the knowledge of Christ.'

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Michael Priestley

'I have been a supporter for Bible Society since then – some 45 years. I read all the magazines sent out by Bible Society, and it makes me very pleased that my money is being used to provide the Bible to people in these ways.

'I’m a churchgoer and I read the Bible daily – I have done since I was five, encouraged by my parents, and I just kept going. I have a quiet time and prayer time every day.

'I made a will after my first husband died, and I saw there was provision for charities. I thought, right, what charities do I want to support, and Bible Society was at the top of the list. It’s not an enormous legacy, but I hope it will carry on doing the things I have been supporting through my regular donations – providing Bibles for people in their own language.'

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Elizabeth Payne

'I have chosen to leave a legacy to Bible Society because there’s work that needs to be supported, particularly in China, the Middle East and North Africa, where Christianity is under pressure.

'The Bible is part of my life… There’s not much point in reading Scripture if you don’t take to heart what you’re being told. It has led me through my life to a position where I know from day to day that the Bible and the Holy Spirit speak to me in a personal way.

'My husband died four years ago, at the age of 92. We met at church and read the Bible together right up until shortly before his death.'

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Barbara Warner


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Contact Howard Barker, Head of Legacy Giving

Howard is here to answer your legacy enquiries. Get in touch using the form below or call him on 01793 418222.

Address: Bible Society, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon, SN5 7DG
Charity Number: 232759


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