Privacy Policy

as approved by Church Council on Sept. 15, 2008

WELCOME TO OUR WEB SITE

We at St. John’s understand that the Internet can provide many spiritual benefits and ministry opportunities through its use.  At the same time, we also understand the importance of respecting and protecting your privacy.  As you visit our web site, we may collect many types of information concerning your viewing patterns, your browser, operating system and IP address, and any personally identifiable information that you provide to us, regardless of whether it is required or not.  Personally identifiable information is any information that could reasonably be used to identify you personally (including but not limited to: name, address, email address, telephone number, zip code, gender, etc.)  This web site uses cookies and only places cookies on your computer if you register and login and when posting content.  This Privacy Policy is a summary of what information St. John’s collects and how that information is used.

INFORMATION COLLECTED

St. John’s collects two different types of information when you visit our web site - the information that you voluntarily supply to us, and technical information.  Personal information is information provided by you for such things as prayer requests, meeting information, and ministry outreach.  Personal information includes but is not limited to name, address, email address, telephone number, zip code and gender.  All personal information is kept confidential and is not distributed, sold, or shared with anyone.

Technical information is information that is shared between our computer and yours when visiting our web site.  This information is anonymous and cannot personally identify you.  This type of information includes but is not limited to your IP address, referring URL, type of Web browser and browser display settings. The technical information gathered from those visiting our site allows us to improve the usability of the website and reduce the number of problems that may occur when viewing our site.

If you have questions about the use of personal and technical information collected through our website, you may contact us by email at privacy [at] stjohnsdover [dot] org.

USES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED

Any information that St. John’s collects and that you provide is strictly used to extend the ministry of our church. We do not sell, lease, or distribute any information to any entities.  St. John’s may offer services such as open discussion forums.  Be aware that any information that you supply in such forums is considered public information and is not protected.

LINKS

This web site may contain links to other sites.  These sites may not be owned or controlled by St. John’s and we are not responsible for the privacy policies or information collection practices of these sites.  The Privacy Policy of St. John’s does NOT apply to such third parties and they are responsible for their own privacy statements.  St. John’s is not responsible for any information collection practices of these sites or any damages resulting therefrom.  We encourage you to be aware of the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.

SECURITY

The security of the information that you provide to us is very important to St. John’s.  Therefore, this web site takes every precaution to protect this information.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

We at St. John’s are strongly committed to the safety and protection of children.  St. John’s does not knowingly accept or collect personal information (such as name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, social security number, date of birth, zip code, and any other information that would allow personal identification) from children under the age of 18 without the prior written verifiable consent from the parent(s) or guardian.  St. John’s does not disclose any information collected from children to third parties.  If you have concerns regarding your child’s privacy or wish to deny consent, please contact us at: privacy [at] stjohnsdover [dot] org.

CHANGES OR AMENDMENTS

St. John’s reserves the right to change, amend or restate this policy.  If this happens, we will post on the St. John’s web site all substantial changes at least 30 days before implementation of the change.  Any information gathered under this current policy will be bound by the terms of this privacy policy.  Any information collected after the implementation of any revisions will be bound by the terms of the revised policy.  Therefore, we suggest that any user’s of this website check this page every so often for any changes that may apply.

YOUR CONSENT

By using this web site, you are giving St. John’s your express consent to use the information collected about you as this policy outlines.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy or to opt out, please feel free to contact us:

Web Site Administrator
St. John’s United Methodist Church
28 Cataract Ave
Dover, NH 03820

Or e-mail us at: privacy [at] stjohnsdover [dot] org.

Or phone us at: 603-742-3046