Thank you for giving. As followers of Christ, our giving is an act of worship and a demonstration of our faith and reliance on God. As we give, God uses these funds to make disciples here in Glen Allen and around the world.
SMRBC has several ways for you to give, including giving here online, giving through your bank’s “online bill pay”, giving through the Tithe.ly app, or giving directly by cash or check in the offering or delivered to the church office. Learn about each of those below, or see our “Frequently Asked Questions” to learn more.
Through this service you can give a one-time gift, or you can set up an account to give recurring gifts, give to multiple funds in one transaction, and to speed up giving next time.
Use your envelope number as your Member ID number when you give to make it even simpler for the church to process. Learn more about Online Giving in our Frequently Asked Questions.
Giving Through Online Bill Pay
Many modern banks offer an “Online Bill Pay” feature. By logging into your bank’s website, you can set up the church as a payee and have the bank send the church a check.
You can usually schedule recurring payments as well. Giving through online bill pay is usually free for the giver, saves time and money from sending in a check directly, and is easy for the church to process. Use your envelope number as your account number when you give to make it even simpler for the church to process.
The Tithe.ly app is available for both Android and Apple phones. [ Android App | Apple App ] Download this free app today to be able to give to SMRBC during the offering in the service, or from your phone whenever and wherever you may be.
This is the same system used for online giving, and you can set up an account for recurring giving, giving to more than one fund at a time, and remembering your information. Use your envelope number as your Member ID number when you give to make it even simpler for the church to process. Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.
Giving Directly by Cash or Check
Many feel a particular sense of participating in worship by giving directly into the offering plate on a Sunday morning.
On Sunday mornings, we will continue to pass an offering plate where you can give directly by cash or check. Your gifts can also be given at any time on Sundays by dropping them into the offering boxes of the back wall of the Worship Center, or during the week by delivering them to the church office.
SMRBC provides giving envelopes to regular givers to help designate your gift and to make it easier to provide you with giving receipts for tax purposes. Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I give?
As followers of Christ, our giving is an act of worship and a demonstration of our faith and reliance on God. As we give, God uses these funds to make disciples here in Glen Allen and around the world.
John Piper explores more of why we give here: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/toward-the-tithe-and-beyond
Where does my budget gift go?
Your giving to the SMRBC budget goes towards making disciples of all nations. It supports the ministries of the church as well as outreach around the world. 10.5% of all budget giving goes beyond our church into outreach giving such as the Cooperative Program, church planter support, Pregnancy Resource Centers, and more. You can get an up-to-date version of the church budget at any time by contacting the church office. You can also get regular reports of budget spending at any of our bi-monthly business meetings.
How secure is online giving?
All financial information is encrypted and stored by Tithe.ly’s banking partner to PCI DSS Level 1 compliant standards. PCI DSS Level 1 compliance is a set of rules stated by credit card companies and audited by an independent third party. It is the highest possible rating one can get in the electronic payment processing industry. Additionally, Tithe.ly forces HTTPS for all transaction services using TLS.
Can I give to more than one fund at a time?
One-time gifts without creating an account can only give towards one fund at a time. However, if you set up and log into your online giving account, you can choose multiple funds to give to in one transaction. In addition, creating an account and logging in saves you from having to reenter your information every time you give.
Does offering giving by credit card encourage going into debt to give?
We would certainly not encourage anyone to go into debt to give. Our online giving allows members who are averse to credit cards to give using ACH transfers from their bank or by using a debit card.
However, we also recognize that many of our members choose to use credit cards for most or all of their regular financial transactions and manage their finances responsibly in that way. This system will allow those members to easily give to the church as well.
Are there any processing fees for my gift?
Giving by check, cash, or online bill pay through your bank has very minimal costs to the church. Online giving does generate processing fees for the church. SMRBC pays 2.9% + 0.30 per credit/debit card transaction and 1% + 0.30 per ACH/Bank transaction.
For example, a $100 gift by credit card would net $96.80 for ministry usage after the church pays the $3.20 of fees, while a $100 donation by ACH/e-check would net $98.70 after the church pays the $1.30 of fees.
Givers through Tithe.ly also have the option to “cover the fee” when giving. Choosing this option will add the fee to your total gift (a $100 donation by credit card would actually charge the card $103.20), and that fee would go directly to pay the fee, leaving the full $100 to go towards the ministries of the church.
How does choosing the “cover the fee” option affect my gift?
Givers through Tithe.ly have the option to “cover the fee” when giving. Choosing this option will add the fee to your total gift, and that extra amount would go directly to pay the processing fee, leaving the full gifted amount to go towards the ministries of the church. When givers cover the fee, the church records a charitable gift reflecting the amount given before the fee.
For example, if a giver chose to “cover the fee,” a $100 donation by credit card would actually charge the card $103.20, and that $3.20 would go directly to pay the fee, leaving the full $100 to go towards the ministries of the church. In this case, the church records a charitable gift of $100.00 that would be reported on your annual giving statement.
How do I give to a ministry or fund that doesn’t appear in the online giving list?
The list of giving options in online giving reflects our most common designations for gifts, along with periodic special gift options. Members may occasionally choose to give to a fund or ministry that is not listed in these common choices. In that case, simply choose the “Other” option in the online giving list and write in the memo field the name of the ministry of fund you would like the gift to be applied to.
What is my Member ID, Account Number, or Envelope Number?
Whenever a member first gives, the church assigns an “envelope number” to that member, usually with a set of matching envelopes. This will let a member easily give and receive a giving record at the end of the year for their taxes. When giving through Online Bill Pay through your bank, you can use this envelope number as the requested “Account Number.” When giving online at SMRBC.org or through the Tithe.ly app, you can list this envelope number as your “Member ID.” This will aid us in recording your gift and giving you an accurate gift record at the end of the year.
How do I get a set of giving envelopes?
To get a set of envelopes, simply contact the church office. They will be happy to arrange giving envelopes for you!