Keeping congregational finances on track during the pandemic

What Churches Can Do Right Now

Visit United in Learning for finance-related webinars and recordings and PowerPoints from previous webinars on ways to manage the financial impact of the pandemic on our communities of faith.

Post-Dated Cheques

Good old post-dated cheques are a familiar way for people to give. Place them in an envelope and mail them to the church office, or drop them off at a location designated by your church. That will keep personal contact to a minimum.

Tip for treasurers: Contact your local bank to set up making deposits by electronic cheque images using the camera and banking app on a smartphone.

PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Ensure stable and reliable support by signing up for PAR and encouraging participants in your community of faith to do the same. See the full details of this program and forms for congregations and individuals on the Give Regularly page.

Already on PAR and want to update?

Those already on PAR can easily update the amount of their gift by contacting your congregation or the national PAR administrator at Please include the name, city, and province of your congregation or your PAR number. You can get your PAR number from your local PAR coordinator or treasurer.

How to become a PAR donor

New PAR donors are asked to fill out the PAR authorization form indicating how much they want to give to their community of faith and how much they would like to donate to people in need and programs that matter through Mission & Service. Because churches are not open, please mail the form along with a voided cheque or credit card information to:

PAR Administrator
The United Church of Canada
8 Switzer St.
New Lowell, ON  L0M 1N0
Fax: 416-232-6003

Please note: General Council Office staff are currently working from home. Please DO NOT mail to the address on the PAR form. Instead, mail to the PAR administrator using the address above. The fax is secure and is monitored daily. ​

Tip for treasurers: Please take all necessary security precautions with personal banking information. DO NOT send scanned or photographed images by e-mail because e-mail is not secure and there is sensitive financial info on the form. Congregations are encouraged to make the sign-up process as easy as possible.

Full details are in Generosity in Unprecedented Times below.

CanadaHelps (

Anyone can give to a specific congregation by credit card online through CanadaHelps, a Canadian registered charity that exists purely to enable other charities to receive online gifts.

In addition, every United Church congregation is already listed in their directory as a registered charity in Canada. CanadaHelps will immediately e-mail the donor a tax-receipt. Every 7‒8 weeks CanadaHelps will send your church a cheque in the mail with your gifts.

Tip for treasurers: We recommend that you “claim your page” on CanadaHelps by registering your account as either a Profile account or a Full Fundraising account. Both are free. Registration is done through their Claim Your Charity Profile page. You can also add a Donate button powered by CanadaHelps on the front page of your congregation’s website.

For more details and fee structure, download Canada Helps Information for United Church Ministries.


E-transfers are from an individual to an individual, not directly into your congregation’s bank account, so your governing body will need to decide how to make this safe for both donors and the congregation. However, many community associations and organizations use this method with the appropriate processes.

Download Generosity in Unprecedented Times, and speak with your bank and auditors to ensure an easy flow through to the church’s bank account.

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CanadaHelps Information for United Church Ministries 148.59 KB PDF
PAR Authorization Form 62.57 KB PDF
Sample letter invite to generosity during COVID-19 26.16 KB Word
Generosity in Unprecedented Times (2022) 239.11 KB PDF