FAITH FEES: Candace Petterson $1,000 received a collection notice from her church
A SINGLE mother from Florida was left shocked after a church she recently joined sent her a $1,000 collection notice.
According to The Root, Candace Petterson claimed that she was sent a $1,000 collection notice, warning her that in order "to be a member in good standing and have the right to vote, adults are to contribute the minimum amount of $50 per month" to the Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church.
Petterson began attending services at the Tampa baptist church about six months ago as it was closer to her new home.
She told ABC Action News: "People were really friendly there, and I really enjoyed being there." That was until she was all but accused of being delinquent in her support of the church.
"Fifty dollars per month, now this shocked me because I haven't heard about the $50 per month. So where did this come from?" the single mother said.
The letter she received also notified her that she had missed paying the required $150 fee for "Mount Moriah day," as well as another $250 yearly church anniversary fee.
One of the fees is reportedly meant to pay off some the church's debt, The Root reported.
"What church charges you to help pay off what they're going through, I'm not there for that," the mum said.
Children don't escape church fees either, being asked to contribute $5 a month to be a member of the church, Petterson claimed.
Her 11-year-old daughter was also subject to scrutiny, she told ABC.
"It's like you say to me, 'If you want to be a member of this church, you need to pay this.' If you want to find God, it don't say anything like that in the Bible," Petterson added.