COVID-19 Update – June 23 – Finance Committee

Becoming A Cashless Church

Currently the Unified Board is involved in discussions on when to return to In-Building Services. As we come out of this Pandemic there are changes necessary to the way we will do things. This letter has to do with how we handle finances.

The Pandemic has brought two things to the forefront in the financial area.

We must put procedures and practices in place to protect the Health and Safety of our members. This means the reduction in the number of touch points that allow the potential transmission of germs and disease.

We as a congregation are too dependent on the Sunday Service Collection for our Finances. There was a substantial reduction in offerings during the Pandemic.

When we start meeting again, changes to our Sunday services will be as follows.

There will be no passing of the plate through the congregation during the service. A plate will be on a table in the Narthex where you may place your offering.

We will NOT accept Cash as it has too many touch points – please do not put Cash in your envelope or on the plate. Cheques will be accepted.

There will be a new option to make your offering using your Debit/Credit Card.  A new machine will be managed by a member of the Finance Committee at each service in the Narthex. It will accept Debit Card, Credit Card, Google Pay, Apple Pay, TAP, PIN. There is a fee of $0.10 for Debit card (preferred) and 2.5% for Credit card.

We ask that you use one of the following ON-LINE methods for making your donations.

The ultimate Goal is the elimination of Sunday Collection completely (except for visitors) with all offerings collected electronically/on-line. There are four methods for making donations:

PAR – Pre-Authorized Remittance: automatic withdrawals from your bank account or charge to your credit card; fee of $0.50/transaction plus 2.5% if credit card

On-line payment: only available at any Credit Union; same method as used for paying utility company, etc.; can pay any time or schedule regular payments; no fee

Interac E-Transfer: available at any Bank or Credit Union; usually no fee to user

CanadaHelps Organization: a direct link is available on the church website; fee 3.5%

The PAR & CanadaHelps fees are paid by the church: you will receive credit for the full amount of your donation for Income Tax Purposes.

Instructions for using these methods can be found HERE and in the Narthex.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact the Church (519-899-4720) or Finance Committee Chair (519-869-6313).

Thank you for your support.

Your Finance Committee