A few years ago my parish started offering an electronic funds transfer option for Sunday giving: you sign up for the service and a set amount is automatically withdrawn from your checking account every week. No more envelopes!
It’s a good system, and I’ve used it to make some one-time gifts, but I’ve resisted going all-electronic with my Sunday offering. I wasn’t sure why until, for some reason, I was thinking about it last night.
While I think the electronic option would be good for older couples or single persons, as a father with small children it is important to me that my kids see how our family supports the Church financially. If they never see the money we give — if it comes straight out of our accounts to the Church — it is a lot harder for them to see the connection.
By handing them the envelope and encouraging them to “put it in the basket,” hopefully they will learn the habit of giving intentionally to the Church.
Does your parish offer an electronic option for giving? Do you use it?