Ushers making change from the offering plate

I was recently told that, from the loose tithes/offerings in the offering plate, our ushers have been making change for people who do not have the exact change amount for their tithe.

For instance, if a parishioner only had a $100 bill, but that person was only going to give a $20 tithe, the ushers would give $80 change from the loose cash in the offering plate.

There are red flags and warning sirens going off in my head over this, but I need to narrow down the specific reason(s) why this is not something they should do, other than just saying it is not best practice.

(We do have tithe collection procedures, but they begin with having 2 ushers count the tithe and do not include anything that would address this issue.)

Or am I over-reacting and there may be a control for making this an official procedure if necessary?

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Mar 09, 2020
Making Change in the Offering Plate
by: Vickey

I cannot find anything illegal about making change in the offering plate.

I think I would rather the ushers do it than the parishioners doing it for themselves.

BUT it isn't an ideal situation as you have mentioned, but I can't think of an alternative =(

You would hope that the parishioner would get change before the church service...but they don't always remember to do that.

Some churches do set a policy that prohibits change being taken for the offering plate, so even though it is not illegal...it can definitely be against church policy.

Hopefully, some readers can chime in on this subject on how they handle it in their churches.

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