If you have automatic debits going from your bank account to pay for insurance, cable TV, taxes, fuel, or mortgage, then you understand the PAR principle. It means regular contributions throughout the year.
Many people use the PAR system for their church offering, finding it a convenient way to take care of their regular commitments to the church month by month.
Your account will be debited on or about the 20th of the month and your congregation’s account credited with the amount payable from all members who participate.
Participation in this program is voluntary and the existing system of envelope for cash or cheques is still in full operation.
How to get involved:
When your congregation has decided to participate in PAR, and if you are going to participate, then you:
1. Decide the amount of your monthly offering (current, missions, improvments).
2. Fill in the AuthorizationCard and attach a sample cheque from your account marked “Sample” or “Void.”
3. Place both both on the offering plate or give them to St. Peter’s PAR representative, Susan Alexander.
Quotes about PAR
“I give by Pre-Authorized Remittance because my church is one of my priorities”
“Whether or not I am there… my church has on-going commitments every week that need my offering. My church is important to me, and so is my financial commitment to its work. That is why I use the PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) system to fulfill my commitment.”
Advantages to the GIVER:
1. Regular support of your church in the amount that you choose
2. Continual support of your home church when you are away
3. Avoidance of “catch-up” periods
Advantages to the congregation:
1. Regular, dependable flow of contributions
2. Reduction of paper work and bookkeeping
3. Reduction in bank overdrafts
This program is administered by The United Church of Canada.
There is no minimum number of givers required for a congregation to initiate the program. However, since one of the basic purposes of the program is to ensure regular monthly givings to help pay church expenses, most congregations find that the more people on the program the more valuable and viable it is.