St. John's Scrip Program
Download and print our Scrip Program Order
Scrip is a term that means "substitute money"
When St John’s
members, families or friends purchase scrip, they're purchasing paper or in most cases, plastic
gift certificates that are used just like cash. The scrip is issued by national and local retailers
where many of our families already shop. These merchants want to support St. John’s, and in return
ask you to support them by shopping with scrip at their stores. St. John’s members can use scrip to
purchase everyday expenses like food, gas, clothing, and other essentials, and with every purchase,
they earn revenue for our church.
How scrip generates revenue for St. John’s
The Great Lakes Scrip Center acts on
behalf of St. John’s, as well as other churches, schools and other non-profit organizations to
purchase large amounts of scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers.
Because the scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial
discount. We buy the scrip from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a discount, and re-sell the
certificates to St. John’s members for full face value. The discounts that range from two to
fifteen percent or more - is retained by St. John’s as revenue. St. John’s church council has
designated 50% of the scrip program proceeds go toward mission projects and 50% toward the
Scrip is "shopping cart fundraising”
The reason for the effectiveness of scrip is
simple: families generate revenue through purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing,
toys, gifts, gasoline, or dining out can be purchased with scrip. An organization of 150 families
easily spends between one and two million dollars per year on food, clothing and other essentials.
If these families use scrip for these purchases, they can raise as much as $40,000 to $80,000 per
year for their organization --without spending an additional penny.
Retailers like Scrip, too
Families who purchase scrip certificates actively
support the retailers who participate in this program. The reason is simple… they know that buying
from a scrip participating retailer provides a steady source of revenue for St. John’s.
Placing your Orders
The family order forms (blue) are available in the church
library, in the Christian Education hallway display, or in fellowship hall. We place Scrip orders
by 9 a.m. on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month throughout the year and special Christmas
orders are placed every week in the month of December. A scrip team volunteer is available every
Sunday after the 8 and 9 a.m. services to take your order, to hand out orders, and to answer any
questions you may have about using scrip. Or you may drop off your orders at the church office
during regular office hours.