Generosity–and new ways to be generous!

St Mark’s Church in Milton Keynes handed the keys to a house to a Syrian refugee family last week after a fundraising campaign to furnish their new home with everything from toothbrushes to a fridge freezer. In a blog written before the fundraising was completed, Rev Paul Oxley describes how the church ‘crowdsourced’ items through an online ‘wish list’ as well as raising money through coffee mornings and collections.

Further coverage of a trial of “tap and go” contactless payment system for weekly offerings in Church of England parishes. Articles report that, from this summer, around 40 churches will be equipped with handheld terminals to process card payments – up to the value of £30 – with a view to offering the system to every diocese next year.