The idea of collecting money from one Christian community to support another, particularly during worship, is almost as old as Christianity!

While the New Testament does not provide a very clear account of the history of money collection, it’s clear St Paul was the first to encourage a ‘collection’ from worshipers. Some of Paul’s letters - 1 Corinthians and Galatians - clearly call on wealthier communities to support the impoverished Christians of Jerusalem.

Today, it is an ancient tradition.

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