Vital help available for clergy and their families
Clergy are called to serve others; Clergy Support Trust exists to serve them. The charity helps Anglican clergy and their families in the UK, Ireland and Diocese in Europe.
In 2020 over 1,300 households were helped. The majority of grants are non-means tested, including for emergencies and wellbeing.
Recent beneficiary, the Revd Dr Eliza Getman, said: “When Clergy Support Trust said they could give me a grant for a holiday, it felt life was possible again. To have the time away from the pressures in life, just meant the world.”
The charity helps with mental and physical health, such as diagnostic tests and therapies, mobility aids and counselling. It can also fund holidays, retreats and respite breaks, fitness and leisure or sabbaticals. Emergency grants are available for unexpected household costs, like a large utility bill or a period of financial difficulty. It can also help clergy tackle problem debt.
Another beneficiary, the Revd Shirley Murphy, said: “I’m the only earning family member and my role requires me to travel a lot in my car, and we had a huge problem when the air conditioning pump blew up.
“The Trust were very kind and gave us enough to get my car sorted.”
Clergy Support Trust is the largest charity focused on the wellbeing of Anglican clergy and their families. In 2020 it made nearly 2,500 grants and helped thousands of people through support services.
The Revd Ben Cahill-Nicholls, Chief Executive of Clergy Support Trust: “At this challenging time for so many clergy and their families, we are helping more people than ever: ordinands at the start of training, women and men in various ministerial contexts, and those in retirement.
“It is a great privilege to be there for those who do so much in their communities. I encourage clergy and their families to get in touch. My team and I are honoured to be there for those whose days are filled supporting the needs of others.”
Clergy households can find out more via clergysupport.org.uk, calling 0800 389 5192 or by emailing email@example.com.
This article is from...
Articles in this issue...
A framework for starting something missional in your parish
The Church is still facing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. When we think about the uncertain future of our churches we need to remember “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).More
An out of the blue moment
I first became interested in the Anna Chaplaincy movement when my husband and I were studying for a certificate in ‘Older People’s Ministry’ at Cliff College, led by Debbie Thrower, the pioneer of this ministry.More
I feel very privileged to be a participant on the Anna Chaplain Training Course and am grateful for our PCC’s support and blessing.More
Seeds of ministry sown
Our journeys to becoming Anna Chaplains were similar yet different.More
Before engagement comes motivation
It can be an age old dilemma, how do we get children and young people through the doors of church?More
New life for waste land
Following major repair works to St Andrew’s Church at Felmingham, situated in a beautiful rural village in North Norfolk, it was a positive time for the Friends of the Church to explore a more ecological approach in the maintenance of the Church and its environment.More
Parable of wise and foolish builders
The Climate Crisis can seem far away and not something which will affect us here in Norfolk and Waveney very much.More
Let it grow
St Francis Church, Heartsease, has long been committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through offering loving support and practical assistance to the parish we have been called to serve.More
Starting from scratch again!
Here at St Andrew’s Eaton (in Norwich), we’d had several attempts at having a church away day, postponed each time by the pandemic.More
Wild Church, Norfolk
For the last six months Wild Church has been running in an outdoor community space called Loch Neaton. As a Licensed Lay Minister, I head it up, and a new intergenerational community has been growing.More