This summer churches in England will begin testing contactless card payments for receiving donations.
Around 40 Anglican churches will provide handheld terminals for processing card payments up to the value of £30. If successful the system will be installed in every diocese in 2018.
The trial will involve churches in a variety of contexts – small, large, rural and urban – to understand the needs of different types of parishes.
John Preston, National Stewardship Officer, told the Financial Times: “We’re aware that younger generations – and there are many people now who don’t carry cash – want to give in different ways. Enabling them to give in a way that suits them is something we’d like to try.”