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Privacy policy

  • This privacy notice is to inform you of our promise as New Life Church Biggin Hill to look after your personal information. This includes the information you tell us about yourself, what we learn by having you as a member of the church, and the choices you give us about which church groups, activities and serving areas you choose to be a part of. This notice explains how we do this and tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

    Our Privacy Promise


    We promise:

  • To keep your data safe and private

  • Not to sell your data

  • To give you ways to manage and review your data held here at any time

  • At New Life Church, we are committed to protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information. All staff and volunteers must read, understand, and follow our Data Protection Policy which can be viewed on request. Our policy complies with the Data Protection Act 2018 and incorporates the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This policy is reviewed regularly, and changes are made when necessary.

    Who we are:

  • New Life Church is part of the Regions Beyond network of churches. You can find out more about us at

  • If you have any questions or want more details about who we are you can ask us either in person, by e-mail or by calling us in the office on 01959 571 667.

    How the law protects you:

  • As well as our Privacy Promise, your privacy is protected by law. This section explains how that works.

  • Data Protection law states that we are allowed to use personal information only if we have a proper reason to do so. This includes sharing it outside of New Life Church. The law says we must have one or more of these reasons:

  • - To fulfil an agreement we have with you, or
    - When it is our legal duty, or
    - When it is in our legitimate interest, or
    - When you consent to it

  • A legitimate interest is when an organisation has a business or commercial reason to use your information. But even then, it must not unfairly go against what is right and best for you. If we rely on our legitimate interest, we will tell you what that is.

  • Here is a list of all the ways that we may use your personal information, and which of the reasons we rely on to do so. This is also where we tell you what our legitimate interests are.

  • What we use your personal information for & our reasons:
    - To inform or update you about church events or meetings - Your Consent
    - To aid communication - Our legitimate interests
    - To provide support to church members in times of need - Your consent
    - To keep accurate and appropriate information for the correct claiming of Gift Aid through the HMRC - Your consent/Our legitimate interests/Our legal duty
    - To communicate with you about groups or activities you have expressed an interest in - Your consent


  • If you have any questions or want more details about how we use your personal information, you can ask us either in person, by e-mail or by calling us in the office on 01959 571 667.

    Groups of personal information:

  • We use many kinds of personal information and group them together like this.

  • Type of personal information & description

  • Contact - Where you live and how to contact you

  • Social Relationships - Your family, and those living at the same address and other relationships

  • Financial Information - Such as Gift Aid claim forms or Bank Details for the repaying of expenses incurred on behalf of the church.

  • Membership of Groups - Such as alpha courses, Community Groups or Serving Teams.

  • Documentary Data - Details about you that are stored in documents in different formats, or copies of them.

  • This could include things like your passport, driver’s license, or birth certificate for DBS checks.

  • Consents - Any permissions, consents, or preferences that you give us. This includes things like how you want us to contact you or if you prefer large-print formats etc

    Data you give to us:

  • When you make an enquiry via our website

  • When you complete a new member form

  • When you complete a visitor form asking for further information or contact

  • When you talk to us on the phone or in the church

  • In emails and letters

  • In financial matters – Gift Aid forms/donations/expenses claims etc

  • In church surveys

    Data we collect when you take part in activities:

  • Attendance at courses/community groups / other events

  • Who we share your personal information with

  • We may share your personal information with these organisations:

  • HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities (eg Gift Aid Claims)

    How long we keep your personal information:

  • We will keep your personal information for as long as you are a member of the church or for longer if you continue to belong to any of the groups or activities run by the church.

  • After you have informed us that you have stopped being a member, we may keep your data for up to 10 years for one of these reasons:
    - To respond to any questions or complaints
    - To show that we treated you fairly
    - To maintain records according to rules that apply to us

    How to get a copy of your personal information:

  • You can access the personal information we hold by speaking with us or by writing to us at the church address: New Life Church, Main Road, Biggin Hill, Westerham, TN16 3BB

    Letting us know if your personal information is incorrect:

  • You have the right to question any information we have about you that you think is wrong or incomplete. Please contact us if you want to do this. If you do, we will take reasonable steps to check its accuracy and correct it.

    What if you want us to stop using your personal information?

  • You have the right to object to our use of your personal information, or to ask us to delete, remove, or stop using your personal information if there is no need for us to keep it. This is known as the ‘right to object’ and ‘right to erasure’, or the ‘right to be forgotten’.

  • There may be legal or other official reasons why we need to keep or use your data (eg financial data for Gift Aid claims / donations), but please tell us if you think that we should not be using it.

  • If you want to object to how we use your data or ask us to delete it or restrict how we use it, please contact us.

    How to withdraw your consent:

  • You can withdraw your consent at any time. Please contact us if you want to do so.
    If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain services to you. If this is so, we will tell you.

    How to complain:

  • Please let us know if you are unhappy with how we have used your personal information. You can contact us directly at the church either in person, via e-mail, letter or telephone. You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Find out on their website how to report a concern.

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