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York Minster trials contactless collections

Mon 08 Jul 2019
By Premier Journalist

York Minster has become the latest church to experiment with contactless payments from credit cards as an alternative to the traditional coins and cash.

The digital collection plate was used for the first time at a service attended by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Authorities will assess results of the trial before deciding whether to make credit card payments a permanent feature of the Minster, which dates back to medieval times

A spokesman for York Minster told Premier the experiment was linked to the meeting of the Church of England's General Synod in the city.


"The church nationally is very keen to test it out and make more people aware of how contactless payments can be used.

"With Synod meeting in York it was an opportunity to demonstrate the possibilities to a very influential congregation."

Initial results are positive and according to one person at the service, "there were a lot of people who were curious to see how it worked, and there was a lot of tapping going on."

Church goers were able to tap a credit card on the digital collection plate and make a donation of five pounds, or any multiple of five pounds.

There are no current plans to implement the system permanently in York Minister. The Dean and Chapter will assess the results of the experiment before considering whether to introduce the tap and pray technology on a permanent basis.



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