From Hugo Cobham, diocesan Stewardship Consultant...

Following a national trial of contactless card readers, the Parish Buying service now has contracts with two companies: SumUp and iZettle.

Church of England parishes are able to buy card readers at a discount through the Parish Buying website and use them with specially negotiated low transaction rates.

Many people no longer carry cash, and allowing them to make payments in the way they choose is becoming increasingly important. One solution is a card reader, which works alongside a smartphone or tablet and is relatively inexpensive to purchase (they are said to cost less than most kettles).

Whether it’s using the Chip and PIN function or the tap of a contactless card, a card reader offers a modern way for people to pay for: 

  • wedding fees
  • church hall hire
  • concert and conference tickets
  • donations 
  • and other items, even including teas and coffees. 

If you are considering buying a card reader for your church, you can register for free via the Parish Buying website.  

Once registered you will be able to view all of the discounted pricing information, together with FAQs and setup information.

For a limited time, it is possible to hear more about this facility courtesy of an interview with the Revd Canon Martyn Taylor, Rector of St George’s Stamford, on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

The interview is available here, from two hours and thirteen minutes into the programme.