The church is using payment terminals to accept cashless donations to the collection plate and at the church's and cemetery's administrative offices
I’ve seen a payment terminal at a church before. A while back I wrote about a parish in Warsaw's Old Town where you can pay for catholic magazines by card. But back then I couldn't find a church in Poland where you could make cashless donations to the collection plate or at the administrative office. That is no longer the case.
It turns out that a catholic parish from Jastrzębia Góra has joined the card acceptance network development program organized by the Cashless Poland foundation. The church posted on is Facebook page that thanks to terminals operated by Topcard churchgoers can make cashless donations to the collection plate and use their cards to make other payments at the church's and cemetery's administrative offices.
I was able to confirm this with the church. The parish told me that they decided to join Cashless Poland's program because numerous tourists visit Jastrzębia Góra, especially in the summer. They often say that they would like to make a donation but don't have any cash with them, and would be glad to use their cards. Now it will be possible.
It turns out that the parish in Jastrzębia Góra is not the only church that will have a POS terminal in the near future. Cashless Poland's press office says that several terminal operators have asked if it will be possible to install their devices in churches as part of the program. After analyzing various regulations, the foundation decided that parishes can join the program as well. From what I know, IT Card will soon deliver terminals to another church. The company's press office confirmed the news but chose not to disclose the name of the church for now.