The Methodist Church has to ensure the data it holds on you is stored and managed in line with statutory requirements.  The Methodist Church provides guidelines for the storage of data (Guidance for Managing Trustees on Data Protection). Local churches, Circuits and Districts find themselves holding a variety of personal data, and this guidance helps us to identify what personal data is, how to hold it securely and for what purposes it can be used, such as Circuit and District directories for office holders within the Church.

The Southport Circuit is responsible for ensuring information held within the Circuit is compliant. To achieve this we will be using a market leading online data base called Churchsuite, rather than using ad hoc methods such as spreadsheets etc. Churchsuite allows us to maintain, in one place, contact details including names, addresses, phone numbers and email.

We will only hold data needed for contact purposes, although, for office holders, we may record some further information relating to your role (e.g. training completed, DBS renewal date). Officers of the church can access the data appropriate to their role. You will be able to access your data, check that it is correct and specify what contact details, if any, you want to be shared with other people in the church.

If you don’t have an email address you will receive a letter with a return form to confirm your details.  The Pastoral  Secretary can amend your details if you don’t have an email account or if you prefer not to update the records yourself.

You can also download Churchsuite as an App to your phone. Over the coming months we will be adding a calendar of our local events.

If you download the App you can also access Church Notices, Circuit News and other Methodist resources.

You can gain access to your personal login by emailing or speaking to your Pastoral Secretary.


ChurchSuite for iOS and Android

With the IOS ChurchSuite and Android apps you can quickly access the full functionality of ChurchSuite, helping you keep in touch wherever you are, or log in to your church’s My ChurchSuite account, keeping you up to date with the latest in your church.




Martin Maynard Webmaster
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