We have begun to offer contactless as an option for giving during our services. Most of our income is given regularly via the Parish Giving Scheme, standing order or FWO envelopes and this is so helpful, thank you. Nationally, there are more transactions now using plastic than cash, so the PCC decided to offer (primarily) our visitors the choice of using contactless at the offertory in addition to cash. This option is already available in places such as Dorchester Abbey and Christ Church Cathedral. The standard amount for the collection will be trialled at £6 (this amount can be easily adjusted by the donor if they wish). Gift Aid is not integrated with contactless yet, so if people do give by card and want to Gift Aid they can fill out an empty yellow envelope.
We will use these units for events and are also looking at a contactless donation board for visitors during the week. Thank you for your support in this aspect of our mission, and do speak to Woodstock treasurer, Aidan Salter, about any issues so we can make it as useful as possible.