Legacies and Wills

Why every Christian…. should have a will

For nearly 500 years the Church of England has encouraged its members to keep their wills up to date.
Every year many thousands of people die without leaving a will. This causes unnecessary complications for their families, and often means their wishes are not carried out. There are several good reasons to encourage people to make a will: pastoral care, good personal financial management, teaching on Christian stewardship. Making a will and keeping it updated is often simpler and less expensive than many people imagine.

St Catherine’s derives its existence and its name to a young lady ‘Catharine Dunbar’ who being very ill, came in a final hope of healing to the spa waters of Bad Cannstatt. When the cure didn’t work she left enough money in her will for a small church to be built for the Anglican Community, which had royal permission to worship here.

Laying the foundation stone in 1864.

The Katharinenkirche was duly erected just outside the then city walls, and consecrated in 1868. It was designed to look like the Victorian churches being built in England around the same time. And although the building was ‘flattened’ during WW2, its replacement is built on the original foundations. The post-war Anglican community has retained rights of use as a consequence.

As unseen as angels, today’s worshippers remain constantly aware of the foundations below their feet, and grateful of the legacy both financial and spiritual that remains. Such a gift invites response. The only fitting response can be to ensure through our legacies, that the Anglican community still has somewhere to worship in Stuttgart, in 150 years from now.

Today the worshipping community is much more diverse. Some live permanently in Stuttgart, many come briefly for professional reasons, an increasing number seeking refuge from unimaginable horrors. Our family is not only culturally and socially diverse but we a family across all the generations and what a blessing that is.

We have good working relationships with ecumenical churches and celebrate those too.

All Questions and Inquiries should please go directly to our Treasurer-Book Keeper: Jackie Wellhäuser either by bookkeeper@stcatherines-stuttgart.de or: Anglican Centre Olgastrasse 56 70182 Stuttgart, Germany

Support for Particular Projects such as Maintenance of Organ or of Fabric or our work amongst Migrants, is possible if Bequests clearly communicate that.

Transfers (Überweisung) can be arranged from any country but please not until you have made contact with our treasurer.

Legacy Log – any entries of Bequests can of course be listed as ‘Anonymous’ in which case only our treasurer will ever know details.

For those wishing to support our life and work in an ongoing regular way, see St Catherine’s Patronage Scheme’.

May you know God’s Blessing