Planned Giving

Leaving a Legacy…

How can each of us make something enduring and that can last 175 years?  By leaving a Will that includes bequests for religious and charitable purposes.

The loving act of making a Will along with many other pledges of time, talent and money have provided the St. Johns parish with a community of faith and worship for a very long time. Every individual should take steps to make a Will to provide for their families and loved ones.  You can tailor your Will to meet many goals such as satisfying final debts and providing for support and education of young family members.

A Will can also make a statement about your life and your values.  A gift to the church via Will is a lasting and powerful way to assist your community of faith.

Bequests to St. Johns Can Take Several Forms…

• An outright monetary bequest

• A percentage of an estate

• A specific asset, such as personal or real property

• A trust created in a will

• A contingent beneficiary, i.e., the church receives the assets if there are no surviving beneficiaries


“I give, devise, and bequeath (____________) to (St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor, Maine) to be used (___describe use______) or as the church’s governing board or vestry deems appropriate.”

After you make your Will, review your will from time to time with your legal advisor.  Laws, assets, family, and personal interests often change over time.  You probably have not written your last Will, only your latest Will.”