Contactless Giving Pilot Scheme

The use of cash continues to decline in society, it’s important that churches are able to receive gifts using a range of different mechanisms.

We are excited to announce that the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich is partnering with the National Giving Team's contactless donation unit pilot.

This contactless donation pilot is part of the Church of England’s broader National strategy, which has committed £1.25m to equip thousands more churches to accept contactless and digital payments over the next two years. The pilot with the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich will have a particular focus on facilitating internet connectivity alongside contactless giving. 

We were delighted to receive over 70 applications from churches wishing to take part in the scheme.  Applications have now closed and churches have been informed of the outcome of their application.  Thirty churches have now been allocated either a Payaz Giving Station or a CollecTin More, some with an activated SIM (if no Wi-fi is available), and some have also been allocated a mobile router.  This is an exciting development for those churches who have received training and picked up their devices. 

Unsuccessful Applicants

We are sorry that we can’t help every church that applied to the pilot there were more than twice the number of applicants to devices available.  Thank you for taking the time to apply and do the speed tests.  There were two main categories as to why you might have been unsuccessful:

  1. There was insufficient mobile signal (from any network) inside your church which is required to run the two devices in this pilot.
  2. You met the criteria for the pilot (Wi-Fi or adequate mobile signal), but other churches had circumstances more suited to the pilot.

What can you do next?

You  may wish to explore other contactless devices that do not require Wi-Fi or a mobile signal to take donationsI there is lots of information available here

We would also encourage you to consider online giving through Parish Buying with 'Sum Up' and 'Give A Little' (costs nothing and takes about an hour to set up).  Click here to set up your 'SumUp' account and click here to log in to 'GiveALittle' and set up your online giving account (using your SumUp log in details).  'Give A Little' also allows you to generate free QR codes (for more information about QR codes, please visit the Church of England website here) which can be printed on posters, pew cards, and service sheets, scanning them with a mobile phone takes the giver straight to your online giving page. There is also a link which can be hosted on your A Church Near You page, website and elsewhere.   Find details here.

Looking forward

We are hoping to be able to offer further support to some churches which are not in the pilot in the future.  Details will be advertised in E-News as they become available.

If you have any questions about the project or digital giving, please contact Julie Podd, Parish Resources Manager for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich at, or Grace Emmett, National Digital Giving Manager, at

How to complete a mobile data speed test | PDF

Summary of the pilot | PDF

Sample QR code poster | PDF

Generous Church

To learn more about building a generous church explaining why we are passionate about improving churches’ access to contactless devices through this pilot please visit the national church website here and have a look at this video.



Page last updated: 24th February 2022 10:35 AM