"Scrip" refers to gift cards and gift certificates that are sold to raise funds for the church. The gift cards/certificates are used just like cash at grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, department stores, home improvement stores, and online merchants.
Merchants sell the gift cards to charitable organizations at a discounted price (partly for goodwill, partly to avoid credit card transaction fees). For example, suppose the church buys a $100 grocery store gift card from the merchant for $95; you buy it from the church for $100, the church keeps the extra $5, and you get the full $100 worth of groceries. With every purchase you make using Scrip gift cards or certificates, you earn money for our church.
Why should I buy Scrip?
Scrip is a relatively painless way to help fund our church. All of us together need to pay staff salaries, building maintenance, program costs, and all the other items we budget for each year. Scrip supplements our pledges and plate.
But what if I want to keep the rebate or points from using my credit card?
Credit card rebate/points generally are worth about 1% of the purchase. So if you, say, buy $200 worth of groceries at Albertsons every week using your credit card, you will earn yourself $2 per week, or a little over $100 in a year.
However, if you buy scrip for groceries, the church in effect gets a rebate of about 5%. So if you bought $200 worth of groceries at Albertsons every week using scrip, you would earn the church $10 per week, or a little over $500 in a year.
If the $100 rebate you would be giving up means a lot to you, you could use scrip but put $100 less cash in the plate for the year. Then you would come out the same but the church would net an extra $400!
What can I buy with Scrip?
Anything that you would ordinarily purchase at nearly 300 participating retailers.
What retailers are available?
Check out the current list of retailers [pdf]. Although not every retailer is stocked, 50 of the most popular are regularly stocked and any other retailers may be special ordered (see How do I buy scrip?, below).
Do I have to pay extra to use Scrip?
No. You buy a gift card for its face value, and you use it to purchase that same amount of goods.
How do I use scrip at the store?
You swipe the gift card as you would a credit or debit card. There is no pin, and nothing to sign.
To use Amazon scrip, when you are ready to check out, you enter the number on the gift certificate. Any balance is saved.
Can I give scrip cards or certificates as gifts?
Yes. Just like the gift cards sold in stores.
How do I buy scrip?
About 50 of the most popular scrip cards and certificates are stocked and sold on the church patio every Sunday. If the item you want is not in stock, we can have it for you within three business days. You can pick it up at church the following Sunday, or we will deliver or mail it to you.
What if I need scrip and can't make it to church that week?
You can e-mail email@example.com. We will fill your order and make arrangements to get the scrip to you in a timely manner.
What happens if I lose my card?
Scrip gift cards are like cash and cannot be replaced or refunded if lost or stolen, so treat them as you would cash.
What if I forget how much is on my card?
When you use your gift card, the remaining balance will be printed on your receipt. Also, the back of the card has additional information on obtaining your card balance.
Can I reload my card?
Yes. See below.
Who can answer other questions I have about scrip?
Either talk to the scrip seller on Sunday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reloading Gift Cards
Start by reading the Family User Guide and make a Family Account. Then, purchase a reloadable card at the scrip table on Sunday. A few of our popular ones are ARCO, Albertsons, CVS, Lowes, Starbucks, Subway, Target, Sprouts, and Whole Foods.
You can pay by check or use "Prestopay" by linking your bank account.
Questions: Contact email@example.com