At Epworth United Methodist Church we value your spiritual growth and we want to support you. Collecting data provides us with information that allows us to aid you in your journey by showing the topics and information you are interested in. With this information, we provide services and create programs tailored to the congregation’s needs, both individually and collectively.
1. Information We Collect
a. Information You or Others Provide to Us
Short Answer: We may collect personal information that you provide to us, including, but not limited to, name, address, contact information, login information, household relationships, demographics, skills and donation/payment information.
We collect information when you interact with us in person, offline, through this website [and/or apps] or by telephone, email, mail or your mobile device. We also receive information when you support us through donations, or participate in our programs or services. We also may receive information from other organizations we work with, for example when we co-sponsor or co-market an event with another organization or when you follow us or connect or interact with us through social media.
The information provided to us depends on the context of your interactions with us and may include:
- Contact information, such as name, address, phone number and email address.
- Information about or from your interactions with our website [and/or apps] , including information you post.
- Donation information.
- Payment information.
- Family information.
- Demographic information.
- Religious preferences.
- Survey responses.
- Information from social media.
- Any other information you provide us.
b. Information We Collect Automatically
Short Answer: As is common on many websites and apps, some information – such as IP address and/or browser and device characteristics – is collected automatically when you visit our website [and/or apps].
We collect a variety of information automatically. For example, we use “cookies” on your device which help us recognize you when you visit our website [and/or apps], or interact with advertising or emails. A cookie is a small piece of information placed on your device that identifies you. We may also allow other parties to place cookies on your device when you visit us online. For more information about cookies and similar technologies, please go to Section 5, titled “Cookies and Similar Technologies.” Not all information collected in this way can be used to identify you.
2. How We Use Your Information
Short Answer: We process your information for a variety of purposes such as to communicate with you, run our Church, improve our website [and/or apps] , and help our partners. We may use information as described below.
- Conduct Church activities (for instance, to minister to you);
- Communicate with you about the Church or our services;
- Communicate with you about promotions, events, offers, or services for you or your family;
- Facilitate your donations or purchases;
- Verify your identity (online or offline);
- Establish and maintain an account;
- Protect Church members;
- Improve any service we or our partners offer;
- Investigate, prevent, or take action regarding unlawful or harmful activities;
- For statistical purposes
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- Recognize you online;
- Analyze usage;
- Facilitate any other purpose for which you provided the information;
- For any use you otherwise agree to;
- Match the information with other information about you, for example in databases of our partners; and
- Create aggregated, anonymized or de-identified information, which we may use and disclose without restriction (for instance, for analysis, research or marketing purposes).
3. How We Share Your Information
Short Answer: We share information with your consent, to comply with laws, to protect your rights, to provide you services, with trusted partners, or to fulfill business obligations.
More specifically, we share and disclose your information in the following situations:
- To a variety of service providers who help us run our Church, solicit donations, recruit members and provide services. Service providers also help with billing, website [and/or apps] management, order fulfillment, email services, advertising and marketing, and other functions. Any of the information described in this Policy above may be shared with service providers;
- With trusted partners who wish to conduct statistical or administrative analysis, improve their services, or match you with services or products;
- With other organizations with which we may co-sponsor or co-market a program, service, or event;
- To help us detect and address fraud, credit risk, security or technical issues;
- Without restriction when the information is aggregated, anonymized or de-identified;
- When we believe that sharing is necessary to take action regarding possible unlawful activities or to comply with legal process or other legal requirements;
- If the Church merges or combines with another church, we will share information with them;
- In situations involving potential threats to the safety or rights of the Church or any person or organization, for example with law enforcement agencies; and
- In any other circumstances where we have your permission or are otherwise permitted by law to share it.
4. Cookies and Similar Technologies
Cookies. Your internet browser may be able to notify you when you receive certain types of cookies, or be able to restrict, delete, or disable certain cookies. Please note that without cookies you may not be able to use all of the features of our website [and/or app].
Web Beacons or Pixels. Web servers may log information such as your device type, operating system type, browser type, domain, and other system settings, as well as the language your system uses and the country and time zone where your device is located. They also may log information about your interaction with our website [and/or app], such as which pages you visit. To control which Web servers collect information, we may place tags on our website called “Web beacons” or “pixels,” which are files that link websites [and/or apps] to particular servers. We also may include Web beacons in e-mail messages. We or third parties may send instructions to your device to store or gather the sorts of information described above and other details about your interactions.
Do Not Track Signals. Like most websites, we do not respond to do not track signals.
5. Your Choices
Short Answer: You may review, change, or delete your information upon request.
Accessing Your Information. You may have a right to request that we give you access to your information, delete or modify your information, or opt out of having your information sold. You may exercise the rights by contacting us using the information provided in this policy. We do our best to consider all requests of this nature, even if we are not legally required to do so.
Other Opt-Out Choices. We may provide you additional choices regarding our communications with you. For instance, if we send you emails about the Church and our events, we provide you a way to opt out or unsubscribe from those emails. You may also change or remove your information from your database by contacting the Church using the information below.
6. Children’s Information
Short Answer: We do not knowingly collect data from or market to children under 13 years of age without parental consent.
We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under 13 years of age. If we learn that personal information from users less than 13 years of age has been collected, we may immediately take measures to delete such data from our records. If you believe we might have any information from or about your children or any other child under 13, please contact us using the information below.
7. Data Security
We understand and respect the importance of the security of the information we collect. Nonetheless, no organization can provide complete assurances that its security measures will avoid all risks or breaches. In the event of a breach, we may contact you using any means available to us.
8. Third Party Links, Programs and Services
Our website [and/or apps] may contain links to third party websites or services. When you interact with these websites or services, those parties’ privacy policies – not ours – will apply. Likewise, if you provide information to third parties at events, that information will be handled pursuant to their – not our – policies. We are not responsible for the content, security or practices of any third parties. We do not vet, endorse or make any representations about third parties or their websites, applications or services.
Short Answer: We will update this policy as necessary to stay compliant with relevant laws, adjust policies based on our activities, and to improve our products and services, and the expectations concerning them.
10. Contact Us
Last modified: 8/29/22