St. John's- Kirkland Launches Electronic Giving Options
Many of you have asked if St. John's offers an electronic or automated option for giving. Now we do! It is easy to setup and offers multiple options. Electronic giving accepts donations for several areas including pledges, the Guatemala Mission, ECW, discretionary fund and more. A donation can be setup as recurring, to pay your pledge for instance, or a onetime gift. Once you set up online giving funds will be transferred electronically from your checking or savings account or your credit/debit card directly to St. John's account. You may follow the link to our secure online payment site by clicking Donate Online Now.
Much information is in the FAQ that you can download below. In particular we want you to know that this is FREE to you. The church does pay for every transaction however this fee is far lower if you use your checking or savings account and if you use your account you won't have to modify the information when your card expires. Please consider using your checking or savings account.
If you prefer not to donate online, you may download and print one simple and easy-to-use authorization form. The authorization form and "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions" can be accessed from the links below or can be obtained by contacting the church office. The form sets up a recurring donation to pay your pledge.
For additional information about ACH (Automated Clearing House) transactions please visit: NACHA - the National Automated Clearing House Association.
Authorization Form - Click to download and print. Please return form to the church office.
Donate Online Now
Donation FAQs see below or contact church office for a printout.
- How much does electronic giving cost?
There is no cost to you. There is a fee that the church pays. This fee is much less if you use a checking/savings account rather than a debit/credit card.
- Is electronic giving risky?
It is less risky than writing checks or mailing cash. Electronic contributions cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed and have an extremely high rate of accuracy.
- How are my contributions automatically deducted from my account?
Once you complete and sign an authorization form and return the form to the church or signup through online giving, the amount you specify will be automatically transferred from you account to the church account. Something called ACH is used. You can get more information about ACH by visiting the NACHA site. There is a link to the site on the giving page of St. John's web site.
- When will the deduction take place?
When you signed up you specified a start date and a time period (Monthly, weekly, etc.) This is used to determine when your deduction will take place. Please contact the church if you need a more specific answer.
- How do I prove my contributions where made?
You will still get a statement from the church for tax purposes and the deduction will show on your bank statement.
- What if I change accounts or my card expires?
If you use a checking or savings account you will not have to worry about your card expiring and the fee the church pays is lower. Any change to your account number, bank or credit/debit card requires you to submit new information via form or the online facility.
- What if I sign up for electronic giving and don't like it?
Please talk to us. We need to understand any issues you may be having. If we can't resolve the issue you can cancel at any time.
- How do I sign up for electronic giving?
You may sign up online - follow the Donate links on St. John's website. You may also complete an authorization form which the office can give you.