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Can I be a ‘cheerful giver’ by bank transfer?

09 April 2020

Write, if you have any questions that you would like answered, or to add to the answers given below


Now that my weekly offering is merely an electronic transfer between my bank and the church’s, in what sense (if at all) can I be said to be a “cheerful giver”?

Your answers: For years, my wife and I have made our donations to our parish church by standing order, the amount being known only to us and to the treasurer. At collection time in a service, we cheerfully place a token amount in the collection bag. Nobody has ever remarked on our apparent parsimony. I hope this is helpful.

Richard Reid
Catfield, Norfolk

First, a generic response: the question is mistakenly focused on the mechanism of giving. If people are giving as a grateful response to their experience of God’s generosity, then they are giving cheerfully, regardless of how the gift is given.

Second, a specific response during the Covid-19 pandemic: one can be cheerful knowing that gifts given electronically are helping the church to pay bills that don’t go away just because of the pandemic, at a time when no money can come through envelopes or on the plate.

(The Revd) Martin J. T. Joss CA
Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire


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