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Card Reader Malfunction

Since lockdown, I have been trying without success to send our tithes and offering electronically.   It was only yesterday that I was able to complete what should have been a simple task!  Why you might ask?

The first problem I faced was trying to get the bank details from the respective church wardens.  As we are a multi parish benefice, we try to be fair.   I had to wait for weeks before the first parish church came back to me with their bank details.   I was even beginning to wonder if church bank details were actually confidential.   About a fortnight ago, I received 2 more but one of the bank details was inaccurate.  Thankfully it was resolved yesterday.

I sat in front of my laptop and went to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s digital banking page.  I was able to log in no bother and I arranged for the money to be transferred.  As I was transferring money to a new payee, for security purposes, I needed to use my card reader.   The words “No Power” kept flashing every time I turned on the reader.   Soon I learned that I either change the batteries in the card reader or request a new one.   There was no way I was going to change the batteries so I requested for a new one.  Guess what?  It will take 7 long days to arrive!  So what was I to do in the meantime???  As I related my plight to the Mhinisteir, he reminded me that there is always a spiritual element to everything we do.  Hearing his words made me even more determined to complete the transaction.  I knew we had a second card reader so I decided to ransack my handbag.

The good news is that I managed to find the second reader and complete the transaction.  The bad news is that I am still waiting for the bank details of half a dozen more of our churches.   Maybe this is one of the reasons why most churches are poor!