Giving

“But just as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

– 2 Corinthians 8:7

There are two ways you can give online at Horizons Church.

  1. Go online to your online bank account and add Horizons Church as a payee. You can set up a giving frequency or choose when to give right from your online banking. Our address is 12 Flatford Rd, Stafford, VA 22554.
  2. Give via our online giving tool.

Give via our online giving tool.

 

If you need more information, email Rich Pennington, or call (540)288-0018 to speak with a Horizons staff member.  We will be glad to address your questions and concerns.

Benefits of Online Giving

 
 
 

There are several benefits to online giving for both you and the church:

 

First Fruits – In Proverbs 3:9, we are taught to honor the Lord with the “First Fruits” of our labor.  By setting up a recurring contribution that is scheduled to come out of your account on the day you specify, you can ensure that your “First Fruits” are given back to God.

Simplicity – You will not need to remember if you gave this month or to send in your offering checks when you are out of town.

Security – Online giving is more secure than giving with a check in that an electronic gift can not be lost or stolen.

No Distractions – Instead of needing to worry about writing your contribution check during the service, you can be fully engaged with the worship service, knowing that you have already given your offering.

FAQ

 

 

Is this new?

No.  This service has been used successfully at churches for years.

 

How can funds be withdrawn directly from my account?

Only with your authorization.  No one can deduct money from your account unless you specifically authorize it.

 

Are electronic contributions risky?

No.  An electronic contribution is safer than writing a check, and it can’t be lost, stolen, or destroyed in the mail.  All Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) transactions are governed by strict national rules and guidelines.  Over four billion EFT transactions are processed anually in the United States.

 

When would this automatic contribution be taken from my account?

On the signup screens, you can specify whether you want your contribution made one time, weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, or as designated.  When the date you have selected falls on a weekend or holiday, the transaction will occur on the next banking day.

 

Why can’t I give by credit card?

We chose to take the time to set up online giving through electronic funds transfer rather than credit card for two primary reasons:

  • With electronic transfer, your entire gift goes to the church.  When using a credit card, as much as 3% of your gift would go to the credit company.
  • Although many pay off their credit cards each month, many also do not.  We didn’t want to potentially put someone in the place of going in debt and paying credit interest on gifts given to the church.

How can I keep a record of the amount I contributed?

Your bank statement will include an itemized list of automatic gifts given from your account.  We will continue to provide you with a personal giving statement for your tax records and you and you can always access your online giving records.

 

Can I give to the building fund (The Journey)?

Yes, just designate that fund.

 

What if I change banks or accounts, or want to change the amount of my contribution?

You can change your giving choices at any time through the online giving button.

 

How do I participate in the weekly offering if my contribution is automatically deducted from my bank account?

The good news is that you can focus on worship during the offering at church.  Instead of having to get out a pen and write out a check, you can focus on God during the song while the offering is being received.

 

Is there any charge to me from my bank to give online?

No.  Electronic funds transfers carry no bank fees.

 

Can I make a one-time contribution?

Yes.  The system allows you the option of either making a one-time contribution or setting up a recurring contribution that is scheduled to come out of your bank account at dates specified by you during the month.

 

Can I change my personal information or the amount or the frequency of my gift once I have set it up?

Yes.  You can change or cancel your contribution at anytime before the date of your next contribution.  Simply log-in to the system using your username and password and make the necessary changes in the system.

 

Who do I talk to if I have more questions?

Email Rich Pennington, or call (540) 288-0018, and a team member will be glad to address your questions and concerns.

 

Privacy Policy

 

 

Horizons Church – Statement of Security, Authorization and Privacy System Requirements

 

Security Standards
We understand that security is very important to you.  We have taken the following steps in both the security of data that is transmitted across the internet and also the personal information that is stored in our databases.

  1. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to securely transfer your information across the internet to us. This technology encrypts the information you provide so it’s nearly impossible for anyone other than Horizons Church to read it. This technology is used whenever confidential information, such as your bank account number, is transmitted. 
  2. We use the highest industry standard for online security, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption, to secure your online sessions. This process safeguards your session from intruders. 
  3. The Web application also encrypts sensitive data to conceal your personal identity. 

Authorization
Access to your profile first requires that you authenticate through our secure Login Profile system.   This is accomplished by entering your unique login and password.   We have included a security question that only you know the answer to as well as an image that requires interpretation in order to complete the login process.  You have the ability to change your login and password through your profile.

  1. Please help us keep your information safe, protect your login information.  Access to sensitive personal and financial information can be gained by letting someone else use your account or by leaving the information for someone else to see. Horizons Church will never call you and ask you for your login information.  

Privacy
We use the state-of-the-art firewall protection which places safeguards between internet and local data storage.  Additionally, every secure page on our Web site has been certified and noted with a digital certificate.  This is shown through the “site certificate” that is resident on all secure pages. To view this certificate, please click on the image of the closed lock on the bottom bar of your browser window.       

Software & Browser Requirements
Operating Systems: Microsoft® Windows 2000, XP and Vista
Browsers: Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox
Cookies:  Like many other sites, we use a technology called “cookies”.  A cookie is an element of data that a Web site can send to your browser, which will be stored on your system. A cookie does not retrieve any data from your hard drive, carry computer viruses, or capture your e-mail address. Our Web site requires that you accept all cookies in order for the Web site features and security mechanisms to function fully. Once you terminate the browser application or “log off” our site, this session    cookie will be deleted from your computer.  Cookies must be enabled on the end user’s browser to enable proper functionality. 

Security is a top priority.

We understand that you may be concerned about privacy and security issues surrounding the use of the internet for giving contributions. We´ve taken steps to give the best security possible.

  1. When you are entering and viewing Online Giving information you are using our secure servers.
  2. We require that you use not only your name and password, but also a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when setting up or viewing your giving records. Although this adds steps to the process, it assures that no one besides you will be able to access your account. (A password and PIN gives your online account the same level of security as your ATM.)
  3. Our Servers are located behind strong security firewalls and use a complex mathematical process, an encryption algorithm, to encode all information before it is sent and then decoded with a “key” when it is received. Without this key, the information is undecipherable. Computers use a binary number that is usually 40- to 128-bits in length as the “key”. The larger the key, the more difficult it is to break and decipher the message in transit. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you select a browser version that uses 128-bit encryption if possible.


What is 128- bit encryption? 128-bit encryption is 300 septillion times stronger than standard encryption. Browsers with standard 40 and 56-bit encryption make available billions of possible keys. 128-bit encryption means that there are 2128 billion possible keys to your information and every time you access the Horizons servers the key is changed. 128-bit SSL encryption has never been broken and according to RSL Labs, it would take a “trillion-trillion years” to crack the code using today´s technology.