General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR for short is currently on the government’s agenda with lots of air time and web space being devoted to it. No doubt, like me, you’ve already been receiving post asking you to “opt-in” to mailing lists (both electronic and traditional). Although the new regulation is from the European Parliament, it has been enacted into UK legislation and effects all organisations that have business in Europe. This includes charities and churches.
I wanted to write a short note to let you know what we’ve done, how we are currently tackling it and what we still have yet to do in order to become legally compliant with this new piece of legislation.
What we’ve done
One area of the legislation is the appointment of a Data Protection Officer. I’m pleased to announce that Joe Connelly will be acting as our Data Protection Officer.
We’ve also undertaken a complete data audit (which I think was nearly 50 pages in length!!). This has allowed us to take stock of where we are and address areas that need to be tightened up so that we become compliant with the new legislation.
What we are currently working on
We’re currently writing a Data Protection Policy and a Retention Policy. We are also building new systems for our data management which we will tell you about on 20 May.
What we still yet plan to do
We plan to give our ministry leaders some data protection training. This will take place on 13 May. Then, on the 20 May, we will meet as a church to discuss the changes that our audit and subsequent matters that have arisen from that have revealed. We will need to seek your consent to continue sending you information and we plan to get your consent on at the meeting on 20 May.
What you can do to help
Pray. This is a big undertaking and we not only want to get it right, we also want to do it well. Prayer is appreciated.
Admin assistance. We have need of editors and proofreaders – if you can make yourselves available over the next two weeks please let us know. We also are in need of any “critical friends” out there who may be going through data compliance in their business or industry. If you have any insight into data protection please do chat with Joe C.
TEACH THE WORD is Calvary Chapel UK‘s annual National Conference for all the family. A day of worship, Bible teaching and fellowship, with a creche (age 2+) and full programmes for children and youth. Refreshments will be provided free of charge, just bring your own lunch!
This week we start a new sermon series called “Small things Big Difference” and even before we get into the series I want to encourage you to make a small change that will make a big difference to your spiritual walk with Christ. Throughout these series, we’re going to be encouraging you to journal/take notes – on a Sunday morning, at your Life Group but also daily as you start encountering God’s Word for yourself.
We’re going to have a few dozen journals available for you on Sunday but I know some of you will want to go the extra mile and get something a little nicer. So, here’s my low down on the best journals you can buy:
|Moleskine – my journal of choice that I’ve been using for years and years. From Italy, I use the Moleskine Squared A5 size. It’s of a good quality and the ink doesn’t go through.|
|Leuchtturm1917 – I know many people that use the Leuchtturm range and although a little more pricer than the Moleskine you won’t go far wrong if you choose this. These are the German Moleskine alternatives.|
|Field Notes – this is what America brings to the table in terms of notebooks. again I have friends who use these. One major upside is that they are cheaper than Moleskine and Leuchtturm and sold in packs of 3!|
The other question that I get asked from time to time is about which pen to use. I know that sounds a little strange but actually, it’s a small thing that does indeed make a big difference. The two pens I’d recommend are either the Sharpie Pen (not the markers, this one) or (my favourite) the Pilot G2.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter whether you’ve got a cheap reporters notebook and ballpoint pen – the point is that you bring it along, engage in the process and ask God to teach you more about His wonderful grace!
We’re pleased to announce that we are starting a new sermon series on Sunday 8th April called “Small things Big Difference”. (We’ve decided to put our teaching series through the book of Acts on hold and come back to it later in the year.)
What is the new series about? Well, in it’s simplest form it’s about being a follower of Jesus. We’re incredibly aware that many Christians need help when it comes to personal devotional time, prayer, fasting etc. . What do these actually mean and in what ways can Christians live a healthy spiritual life when there are thousands of other things that beg for our attention. This series, that will also be discussed during our mid-week Life Group meetings, will aim to give you understanding as well as the tools that will bring about big spiritual differences in your life.
Easter at Calvary is a joyous time because it’s when we set aside specific time to remember that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead to give us life. We want to celebrate the lift that Jesus has given us.
John 17 says “… this is the way to have eternal life–to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ… ”
Come along to any (or all ) of our Easter services and ask us to explain how you can be forgiven of your sins and receiving eternal life.
Palm Sunday – 25 March, 10:30am
Service Theme: “God is Crowned #longlivetheking”
Good Friday – 30 March, 10:30am
Service Theme: “God is Broken #itshouldhavebeenme”
Easter Sunday – 1 April, 10:30am (come at 10 am for an Easter Egg Hunt and Bacon Butty Breakfast)
Service Theme: “God is Dead #aprilfools”
The University of Southampton Christian Union is looking for families to host one or more international students on Easter Sunday (1 April) to share a meal and celebrate Easter together. Many international students have never been to a British home and often don’t know anything about why we celebrate Easter. Additionally, the Easter holidays can also be a very lonely 4 weeks for students who are staying here. They are hoping this will be a way to form relationships between international students and Christians across Southampton and an opportunity to share the Gospel.
If you can do this please click this link and sign up
We are pleased to announce that a new Bible study group will be starting this week. This group is specifically for mums with children who are 0-2 years old. The idea is that whilst the little ones are playing, mums can be talking, reading the Bible and praying for one another. It will take place at the same time as our normal Sunday morning service, at Great Oaks School, and will initially be looking at the topic “Women of Faith”.
For more details please see Jenni.
Calvary Chapel Southampton
Meeting at Great Oaks School