Support Saint Thomas
Dear Friend of Saint Thomas,
Thank you for your interest in learning about ways to support Saint Thomas Church. Although we are a healthy, vibrant and well managed parish, we depend upon the gifts of our parishioners and friends to stay financially strong. We are proud of our high standards in worship, music and adult education and of our outstanding choir school, the only residential boys choir school in the United States. Founded in 1823, Saint Thomas offers Christian liturgy in the high Anglican Catholic tradition and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is known throughout the world for its superb choral music.
The mission of Saint Thomas “to worship, love and serve Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Anglican tradition and our unique choral heritage” is a costly one to maintain in the middle of Manhattan and we encourage those who are able to join us in supporting our exceptional ministry.
There are many ways to give to Saint Thomas and I think you will find at least one of the funds described below to be especially compelling. Our doors and hearts are open to all and whether you are a longtime parishioner, a newcomer, a friend or someone who worships via our webcast, I invite you to join me in giving as generously as you can.
The Annual Appeal supports the operating budget of the church and choir school. This annual campaign is crucial to the financial strength of Saint Thomas and provides a chance for those who love Saint Thomas to do their part to ensure that we can continue our mission.
The Miller-Scott Organ Fund: The new Miller-Scott Organ will be one of the most significant instruments in North America and will reflect John Scott’s vision of the best possible organ for Saint Thomas Church. Although we have raised over $8 million for the construction and implementation of this organ, we still need over $2 million more.
Planned Gifts: In addition to outright gifts, we encourage you to think about making a planned gift to support the church or school after your death. Making a bequest can be done easily and requires no outlay of funds. There are many other ways, such as gifting real estate, paintings or jewelry, that you can give to Saint Thomas either as an outright gift or as a gift that is planned now for the future.
Special Funds: Periodically Saint Thomas has opportunities for gifts to special targeted projects, such as the children’s Back to School Backpack Fund and Christmas and Easter presents for needy children. We also collect Christmas and Easter flower donations in honor of loved ones. When these campaigns are active, they will be described in greater detail in this section.
With best wishes,
The Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner, Rector