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The Box in the Back.


Thank you for considering donating to the Lord's ministry at Calvary Chapel Chester Springs.

When Laurie and I were missionaries in Russia, we watched the Russian economy collapse. We saw families try to survive 2,000 percent inflation while we lived in Moscow. An important part of our walk with God is how we use the resources He has entrusted to us—and in teaching God’s word to that newly planted church, we wanted to share this principle. The difficulties of Russian life at that time, however, really left us in a quandary.  How could we teach people about giving, as God would have us, during such a terrible economic season?  We sensed God leading us to put a box out to receive any offerings the new Russian believers wanted to give. This would allow them to give secretly— so whether it was a Kopec, a single Ruble, or thousands of Ruble, the amount was only for them and God to know. God blessed the idea, and the Russians learned to give as they were able.

When we planted this fellowship over 20 years ago, we sensed from the Lord that we should do the same thing here in Pennsylvania. So we put out a cheap plastic box, which served the purpose for years until a brother in the church made us this beautiful wooden box for the job. To this day, we have never passed a plate or taken a formal offering. God has provided for all of this fellowship’s needs through that box in the back.

In the last few years, we have had more and more requests for a way to give to the ministry electronically. These requests have continued to come in as fewer people use paper checks in the mail or at church.

With the update of the website, we have decided to add this provision for online giving and donations. However, as always, we do so with the same encouragement that is etched into the offering box in the back:

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7.

     - Pastor Chris Swansen

There are four ways to donate:

  1. In person: cash or checks may be placed in the Offering Box. Cash donations should be put in an envelope so that the donation can be properly attributed to the donor.
  2. Personal check: you are welcome to mail a check made payable to Calvary Chapel Chester Springs and mail it to Calvary Chapel Chester Springs, PO Box 595, Eagle, PA 19480.
  3. Bank check: most banks offer a free service to send a check for you.  Inquire with your bank about using a bill payer option, the bank withdraws the funds from your checking account and mails a check to the church for you for free.
  4. Online via the button below.

PLEASE NOTE: Donations received via check are better for the church, in that no fees are paid for personal checks or bank checks. For the convenience of online donations, the church pays a fee per each transaction.  Regardless of the way you choose to donate, your donation is a blessing to the Lord and His work!


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