With the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in the United States, churches are wisely choosing to hold services online. While that keeps congregations connected, it does not allow for the common way of giving through the weekly offering basket.
The Presbyterian Foundation has a service that allows churches to set up online giving. There is no startup fee nor recurring fee, and the only fee is 2 percent of the transaction. The program guide, application and basic sales sheet along with a sample pew card are linked below. If a church signs up with the Foundation’s online giving program, the church will receive a starter set of 100 pew cards as well. (For additional cards, it may be cheaper to edit the Word file that’s below and print at a local printer or through Vistaprint then to go through the Foundation’s print service.)
Once the application is completed, it can be submitted along with a voided check via email, USPS or fax. It takes 5-7 business days once received from the Foundation’s home office for the site to be live.
There are two Ministry Relations Officers from the Presbyterian Foundation assigned to the Synod of the Trinity region. They are:
Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley
Region: Pennsylvania and the Northeast Region (territory map here)
Region: West Virginia, Upper Ohio Valley and the East Region (territory map here)
For a detailed webinar regarding the Foundation’s online giving service, click here.
Stewardship in a pandemic
Online giving through the Presbyterian Foundation
Online giving sales sheet
Online giving program guide
Online giving application
Pew giving rack card (PDF and Word versions)
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IN-PERSON GIVING IDEAS
Set a drop-off time at the church