Digital bell bag for the collection

Digitization does not stop at churches. The traditional collection in church services could also be cashless in the future. The first “digital doorbell bag” was invented in Berlin. But there is interest nationwide.

Donating money in church will soon be possible without cash.

Nur cash is true – this sentence could soon be history in Protestant church services. The Evangelical Church in Berlin has now registered a digital bell bag with the German Patent Office. In the future, church visitors could use this to pay into the collection by debit or credit card. The Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO) justified the new payment transactions between the baptismal font and the altar on Wednesday, especially in rural regions.

In addition to the traditional cloth bag, a display was installed in the handle of the new bell bag, which church visitors can use to make contactless payments with their cards without a PIN. Praying and doing good – by collecting money the intercession becomes concrete, Bishop Markus Dröge gave his blessing for the invention. The bell bag fits seamlessly into the liturgy.

The digital collection is based on the security standards in payment transactions, explained Thomas Katzenmayer, CEO of the Evangelical Bank and partner of the bell bag project. The church is now considering expanding the digital collection to all of Germany. A nationwide collection app and stations for cashless donations at the church exits are being considered.