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PAR Program Pre-Authorized Remittance At New Hope Community Church
An Introduction and Overview
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
What is PAR?
PAR or Pre-Authorized Remittance is a program that allows you to give offerings automatically to New Hope Community Church by a monthly debit from your bank account. If you have automatic withdrawals from your bank account to pay your bills, taxes, or mortgage, then you already understand the PAR principle. Using PAR for your offering is convenient and ensures regular monthly giving to help the ministry of the church even when you are away. By participating in the PAR program, you will be providing a dependable flow of contributions, which increases our overall financial stability. Your giving supports the vibrant and vital ministries at New Hope Community Church and global ministries (missions).
How do I sign up?
Joining PAR is simple.
- Basically, you prayerfully decide what you want to give each month to the church.
- Fill out the authorization form found at the bottom of this page and attach a VOID cheque from the bank account where you wish your offering to be withdrawn.
- Enclose both in an envelope and place on the offering place, give to the treasurer (Kay Cook), or leave at the church office.
- The amount will be transferred from your account to the congregation’s account through the United Church of Canada on the 20th of each month.
- You can modify or cancel your donation, change how it is designated or change your information at any time
Why the United Church of Canada?
The United Church of Canada is so large that it can offer the PAR program for smaller churches at a more economical cost than if we had a PAR program directly with our own bank.
What does it cost?
Individual donors are charged their normal debit fee by their bank. Debits are drawn on donors’ accounts on the 20th of each month (or the following business day if the 20th falls on the weekend) and the church account is credited the same day.
It costs the church 50¢ per transaction or $6 per year for each participant in the PAR program. New Hope Community Church believes that $6 per year is a reasonable fee for the convenience of automatic giving.
What if I want to cancel or make a change to my giving?
You can modify or cancel your donation, change how it is designated, or change your information at any time. Simply send us a letter indicating that you wish to cancel or fill out the authorization form and check the box that says, “for banking changes for existing donors” to make a change in your giving.
What am I supposed to do when the offering plate is passed?
Making an offering is an important part of our worship time together. We will give you PAR cards to place on the offering place as a symbol of your gift.
Do I have to participate in the PAR program?
No, participation in the PAR program is completely voluntary. It is only for those who like the convenience and wish to set up their giving automatically.
Why would I want to participate in the PAR program?
Using PAR for your offering ensures regular monthly giving to help the church’s ministry. It is simple to set up, easy to use, and very convenient
Who should I talk to if I have questions?
Feel free to talk to the treasurer, Winsome Smith, or anyone on the management team if you have any questions.
“I give by Pre-Authorized Remittance because my church is one of my priorities.” ~ PAR participant.