Educational Visit to Israel & Palestine 
18-28 September 2019

Successful applicants will participate in a guided educational visit to Israel, the occupied West Bank, annexed East Jerusalem and Golan Heights, to learn about their peoples, religions, politics and cultures. There will be a particular focus on meeting with Palestinian Christians, in order to appreciate the immense challenges faced by the indigenous churches and their members. The visit will explore some of the principal historical sites relating to the Abrahamic faiths. There will be periods of reflection and bible study throughout, and especially by the Sea of Galilee towards the end of the visit. Experienced guides will accompany the party. Find out more

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:

  • Hints and Tips – Good Data Protection Practice
  • Establishing Good Data Protection Practice in Your Church – Checklist
  • A template Consent Form
  • A template Data Privacy Statement

These are all available to download from:

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:

The Church of England has provided further resources, which may be of some help, although the terminology will differ in places:

The Methodist Church has provided a helpful list of dos and don’ts: Free advice

The Mersey Consent Template, can be VIEWED HERE

A Church Data Audit Form can be viewed HERE



Churches Together in the Merseyside Region publish guide to welcoming asylum seekers

A ground-breaking document written by the Justice and Peace Commission in conjunction with other church leaders has been published this week.



Registering Local Church Buildings For the Marriage of Same-Sex Couples

Click on this link to view the .pdf