Open Day Success
It was great seeing some you at our Open Day on Tuesday 6 November 2019! There were lots of cakes and fun activities, and for those of you who took part in the Guess the Number of Sweets competition, the number was 328! Thanks to your contributions we're delighted to announce that £100 was raised for Macmillan's.
General Data Protection Regulation
Further to Help & Advice Bulletin 63 on the General Data Protection Regulation 2016, which will become law on 25 May 2018, Church House has now produced some basic advice and some template documents:
These are all available to download from: https://urc.org.uk/GDPR.html.
Mersey has adapted the URC Consent Policy to include tick boxes. You can download the Mersey one from our website. I would add that if a church finds it is processing personal data for several different purposes (eg, membership records, giving them news and information, sharing pastoral news about them, publicity, fundraising, etc), it would be preferable to provide separate boxes to tick to enable people to consent to some processing but not others.
The Directory for Social Change provides a useful brief overview here: https://www.dsc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Paul-Ticher-GDPR-2.pdf.
The Church of England has provided further resources, which may be of some help, although the terminology will differ in places: http://www.parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/.
The Methodist Church has provided a helpful list of dos and don’ts: https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection/resources/guidenotes/data-protection-dos-and-donts.
http://www.gdprforchurches.org.uk/- Free advice
The Mersey Consent Template, can be VIEWED HERE
A Church Data Audit Form can be viewed HERE
Same Sex Marriage
The United Reformed Church votes to allow the marriage of same-sex couples in its churches
REGISTRATION OF CHURCHES FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Registering Local Church Buildings For the Marriage of Same-Sex Couples
Click on this link to view the .pdf