Making a lasting difference

Enabling all ages to grow in faith through a gift in your will

Making a difference through the Christian faith

BRF's story began in 1922 when a vicar in Brixton, south London, introduced daily Bible readings to help his congregation 'get a move on spiritually'. Since then his work has been built on and today our creative programmes and ministries impact thousands of lives and communities throughout the UK and other parts of the world. At the heart of our work is a desire to help every age group explore Christianity and with it their place in the world.

For almost a century we have been able to do amazing things thanks to the generosity of those that have supported us during their lifetime and through gifts in wills.

Legacies help fund the growth, development and sustainability of programmes like BRF’s Messy Church, Anna Chaplaincy and Barnabas in Schools. Messy Church is estimated to reach over 500,000 people each month. Approximately 30,000 primary-age children experience our Barnabas RE Days each year.

Gifts in wills don't need to be huge to help us make a real difference. For every £1 BRF receives we invest 92p back into charitable activities. We realise that leaving a gift in your will is a big investment so you may want to read more about how we're funded and where your money goes.

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‘It’s a great privilege to give away my father’s money’

When we recently received a call from someone who wanted to make a donation. ‘No problem,’ we replied, ‘thank you for supporting us in this way. May we ask what prompted you to give today?’ ‘It’s a gift from my father’s will’ was the response.

Geoff read our Bible reading notes faithfully for many years. The notes broadened his Christian faith and supported him in his daily life. The daily readings and our wider work meant so much to Geoff that he left donation instructions in his will.

His son said 'Dad will be delighted to continue to support the work of the BRF'.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 (NIV)

How your gift can help

Primary school children


could cover the cost of 50 Barnabas RE Days for schools that can't afford to pay for it

Bible and praying hands


could help make BRF books, resources and Bible reading notes available in other countries

Scattering seed


could help create and disseminate great ideas and resources promoting excellence in children's work and supporting families with children

Father and toddler son


could cover the annual staff costs of a frontline worker delivering Messy Church, Anna Chaplaincy or Parenting for Faith

Our five promises

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You decide in your own time

We recognise that it's your decision to make it in your own time


We respect your privacy

You don’t have to tell us what you decide

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Your loved ones come first

We recognise that your loved ones come first

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We value every gift

We will value every gift, small or large


Your gift will make a lasting difference

We will use your gift for significant projects with lasting impact

Download our gift in wills form

Our gift in wills form contains sample wording for you to give to your solicitor.

Download form

Get in touch

You can get in touch with us via:

Tel: 01865 319700
Email: giving [at]
Post: BRF, 15 The Chambers, Vineyard, Abingdon, OX15 3FE.

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Image acknowledgements

Scattering seed © Olearys licensed under CC 2.0 / cropped