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Charitable purpose and objects (RI)

Statement of Charitable Purposes and Objects (ROI) – approved by The General Synod of the Church of Ireland for use by parishes and other Church of Ireland bodies in registering under the Charities Act 2009

Please cut and paste the text below into the required boxes for the registration of your parish/diocese, or download the Word Document for future use.

The Charitable purpose:The Charitable purpose of the Parish of [Parish Name]of the Church of Ireland is the advancement of religion.

The Charitable objects: 

(i) The principal function of the [Parish Name] of the Church of Ireland is to support the advancement of the Christian religion by promoting, through the work of [Parish Name], the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social, educational and ecumenical. Being open to and engaging with society as a whole and offering support for those needing help are fundamental to the practical delivery of the benefits of [Ch.17.] 17.3 Christianity. As a result of activity in the pursuit of the advancement of the Christian religion, the [Parish Name] has custody of property and of records, materials and artefacts of significance to the cultural and religious heritage and maintenance of which is undertaken by the [Parish Name].’ 

(ii) No charity trustee as defined by section 2(1) of the Charities Act, 2009 of a parish shall be appointed to any office of the parish paid by salary or fees, or receive any remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth from the parish. However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good faith by the parish in respect of: 

a) the performance by the select vestry of its obligations under section 24 of Chapter III of the Constitution and under the Glebe Rules (as contained in Chapter XIII of the Constitution) to repair, maintain and insure each glebe or other ecclesiastical residence in the parish and to provide for same such carpets, curtains and equipment as may be determined by regulation of the diocesan council; 

b) reasonable and proper remuneration to any member or servant of the parish (not being a charity trustee) for any services rendered to the parish; 

c) interest at a rate not exceeding 1% above the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) per annum on money lent by charity trustees or other members of the parish to the parish; 

d) reasonable and proper rent for premises demised and let by any member of the parish (including any charity trustee) to the parish; 

e) reasonable and proper out–of–pocket expenses incurred by any charity trustee in connection with his or her attendance to any matter affecting the parish; 

f) fees, remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth to any company of which a charity trustee may be a member holding not more than one hundredth part of the issued capital of such Company; 

g) any payment by the parish to a person pursuant to an agreement entered into in compliance with section 89 of the Charities Act, 2009 (as for the time being amended, extended or replaced).


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