Privacy Policy


GDPR Privacy Statement

Strandtown Baptist Church and Charity No. XN45793

Data Controller: Strandtown Baptist Church

Date of Policy: 11.06.18

This is the privacy statement and data protection policy for SBC. It covers how we will process (use and store) your data, what data we hold, your individual rights and how you can interact with us about your data. This policy covers our use of Personal data, which is any information about a living individual which allows them to be identified from that data (for example a name, photographs, videos, email address, or address). Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information. Our processing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Bill/Act 2017-2019 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR” and other legislation relating to personal data and rights such as the Human Rights Act 1998].

Who are we? This Privacy Notice is provided to you by Strandtown Baptist Church and Charity No. XN45793 which is the Data Controller for your data. For clarity, the term Data Controller covers all SBC staff (and relevant volunteers) who process your information. 

So, how is your data collected?

  1. If we collect information about you or your children
  2. If you make a financial donation to the church
  3. If you are a customer who makes a booking of the church’s resources
  4. If you are an authorised user of the church’s database
  5. If you sign up for one of our events
  6. If you sign up for one of our small groups
  7. If you check your visiting child in to one of our children groups

So, how is your data used and processed?

SBC processes data containing:

  • Names, titles, and aliases, photographs.
  • Contact information including telephone numbers, postal /residential addresses, and email addresses.
  • Where there is a legitimate interest to facilitate our charitable aims and activities, or where you have provided them to us, we may process demographic information such as gender, age, date of birth, marital status, nationality, education/work histories, academic/professional qualifications, hobbies, family composition, and dependents.
  • Where you give financially in support of SBC or pay for church activities (event bookings etc.), financial identifiers such as bank account numbers, payment card numbers, payment/transaction identifiers, policy numbers, and claim numbers.
  • As a church (religious organisation), the data we process is likely to constitute sensitive personal data because the very fact that we process your data at all may be suggestive of your religious beliefs. Where you provide this information, we may also process other categories of sensitive personal data: racial or ethnic origin, sex life, mental and physical health, details of injuries, medication/treatment received, political beliefs, data concerning sexual orientation and criminal records, fines and other similar judicial records.

As a Data Controller, all our appointed persons will comply with their legal obligations to keep personal data up to date; to store and destroy it securely; to not collect or retain excessive amounts of data; to keep personal data secure, and to protect personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and to ensure that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. If you have any concerns about how your data is being used, please contact the office.

What are we doing with your data?

We only hold data that either we are legally obliged to or that helps us fulfil our missional and charitable aims as a church. We are a membership organisation and good communication with our membership is an essential part of being church.

Therefore, we will hold and process data to:

  • Enable us to meet all legal and statutory obligations e.g. safeguarding records and gift aid declarations.
  • Comply with and facilitate our comprehensive safeguarding procedures (including due diligence and complaints handling) in accordance with best safeguarding practice from time to time with the aim of ensuring that all children and adults-at-risk are provided with safe environments (please see our safeguarding procedure).
  • Help you grow as a disciple and to minister to you and provide you with pastoral and spiritual care and to organise and perform church services for you, such as baptisms, weddings and funerals.
  • Deliver our Church’s mission to our community, and to carry out any other voluntary or charitable activities for the benefit of the public as provided for in the constitution and statutory framework of our charitable organisation;
  • Administer our membership records of adult and child members;
  • Enable us to follow up membership, course and event enquiries
  • Fundraise and promote the interests of the Church and charity.
  • Maintain our own accounts and records.
  • Process and record financial donations that you have made (including Gift Aid information).
  • Communicate with you about your views or comments.
  • Update you about changes to our services, events, role holders and any matters of interest related to you church community.
  • Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about campaigns, appeals, other fundraising activities.


What is our legal basis for processing your personal data? 

  • Most of our data is processed because it is necessary for our legitimate interests to enable our charitable and missional aims. For example, maintaining membership records, safeguarding our children, recording our financial donations and operating team rotas for the effective function of Sunday services.
  • Some of our processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation. Retaining safeguarding records and gift aid declarations are examples of this.
  • We may also process data if it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, or to provide a direct service to you. For example, if you buy tickets or register for a church event.
  • As a religious organisation, we are permitted to process information about your religious beliefs to administer membership or contact details.
  • Where your information is used other than in accordance with one of these legal bases, we will first obtain your consent to that use.

Will we share your data? 

You can be reassured that we will treat your personal data as strictly confidential. It will only be shared with third parties where it is necessary for the performance of our tasks or where you first give us your prior consent. It is likely that we will need to share your data with some or all of the following (but only where necessary):

  • Our agents, servants and contractors. For example, we utilise a commercial email system provider(MailChimp) to send out email newsletters on our behalf. We also use ChurchSuite to maintain our database.

How long will we keep your personal data? 

Our general rule is to keep data no longer than necessary. Where you continue to actively engage with our church services, activities and events, we will retain the appropriate membership data for you so that we can best serve your involvement. We will carry out an annual process of review, by which we assess who is actively engaging in church membership, and where this is not the case we will remove your data. Additionally;

  • We will keep some records permanently if we are legally required to do so. For example, this covers service, wedding, baptism registers and some safeguarding records.
  • We may keep some other records for an extended period. For example, it is current best practice to keep financial records for a minimum period of 7 years to support HMRC audits.

What are your rights regarding your personal data?

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data (when exercising any of the rights listed below, to process your request, we may need to verify your identity for your security. In such cases, we will need you to respond with proof of your identity before you can exercise these rights).

  • The right to access information we hold on you. At any point, you can contact us to request the information we hold on you as well as why we have that information, who has access to the information and where we obtained the information from. Once we have received your request we will respond within one month. There are no fees or charges for the first request but additional requests for the same data may be subject to an administrative fee.
  • The right to correct and update the information we hold on you. If the data we hold on you is out of date, incomplete or incorrect, you can inform us and your data will be updated. If you are a member, you also have access to MyChurchSuite to be able to update aspects of your personal data.
  • The right to have your information erased. If you feel that we should no longer be using your data or that we are illegally using your data, you can request that we erase the data we hold. When we receive your request, we will confirm whether the data has been deleted or the reason why it cannot be deleted (for example because we need it for our legitimate interests or regulatory purpose(s)).
  • The right to object to processing of your data. You have the right to request that we stop processing your data. Upon receiving the request, we will contact you and let you know if we are able to comply or if we have legitimate grounds to continue to process your data. Even after you exercise your right to object, we may continue to hold your data to comply with your other rights or to bring or defend legal claims.
  • The right to data portability. You have the right to request that we transfer some of your data to another controller. We will comply with your request, where it is feasible to do so, within one month of receiving your request.
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time for any processing of data to which consent was sought. You can withdraw your consent easily by telephone, email, or by post (see Contact Details below).
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Website and online information:

This website address is: and is part of and managed by Strandtown Baptist Church

What personal data we collect though our website and why we collect it

1.      Forms

We may collect and retain information submitted by forms on this website for administrative purposes.

2.     Cookies

If you have an account and you log in to this site, Squarespace may set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies and may use cookies to facilitate your user experience.


Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

We use your data for our own purposes only.  We do not share data with any third parties unless specified, however data is held on ChurchSuite (our church database system).


How long we retain your data for

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data:

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Additional information

How we protect your data:

Your information transmitted from your browser to this website is encrypted using SSL encryption.  This means your data is scrambled and should it be intercepted by a third party, could not be understood.

Any of your information held on our servers is protected by numerous firewalls and security algorithms.

What data breach procedures we have in place:

Should we become aware of a security breach, we will, as quickly as possible, take measures to resolve any security issues.  We will notify users who have been affected as to the extent of the breach and advise what consequence and relevant actions should be taken.

What third parties we receive data from:

We utilise database tools from ChurchSuite.  This website will integrate with those systems to ensure your information is up to date and your communication preferences are respected.  Should you wish to be removed from any systems please contact the church office or choose 'Forget Me' in your Churchsuite account.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We currently do not profile our user’s data or present different content based on prior user behaviour.

You are very welcome to get in contact with us…

If you have any queries or concerns about how we use your data, please do get in contact with us.

Address: Clonallon Court, Belfast, BT4 2AB


Tel: 028 90808380