Just like any other charity or organisation, all Circuits and Churches must comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). As a District, it means that we must be able to show that we are complying with the principles.  We are accountable to both TMCP and Methodist Church House, from whom the most up-to-date guidelines should always be sought.

The GDPR law is a legal requirement but perhaps it is more about protecting you as an individual/organisation and those who attend your churches, rather than about creating a burden of ‘red tape’. It’s about a professional and responsible handling of all the data we use and process as a church.

Screenshot 2023 07 21 113422


The Circuit Privacy Policy is the one provided by TMCP. Each Church has a copy, and it is available here. The latest version is always available on the TMCP website. This should be displayed on each Church Notice Board, and referenced on each Church Website. Every member of the congregation is entitled to view or have a copy on request.

General Information about GDPR

The following documents would be recommended reading for all Managing Trustees – in other words all members of Church Council or Circuit Meeting.

GDPR At A Glance
GDPR In A Nutshell (a useful booklet to give to all members of Church Council)
Case Studies
9 Steps to Take Now
Lawful Bases Guidance
Local Directories – Guidance
Record Retention Guidance (.XLS) – Updated guidance on how long to keep things
Guidance on Good Passwords

To those who would like further support on GDPR and the protocols we must follow our friends at Sutton Park Methodist Circuit have produced a series of 10 videos talking about the GDPR Data Protection Annual Checklist for Managing Trustees within the Methodist Church.

Check 1 - Review the personal information the Local Church, Circuit or District holds (known as "Data Mapping")

Check 2 - Conduct a "Data Cleansing" exercise to destroy any information that is no longer required

Check 3 - Review the Managing Trustees' Privacy Notice

Check 4 - Ensure your contact information is correct

Check 5 - Review and Renew Consents

Check 6 - Review the "Processor Record" of the Local Church, Circuit or District

Check 7 - Review Your Data Security

Check 8 - Ensure Managing Trustees are aware of their Data Protection Obligations

Check 9 - Identify Training Needs -

Check 10 - Liaise with your District Data Champion ('DDC' Kate Dalton)

Contact Info

(Please contact Danielle Gravestock/The District Office only for matters that relate to the Methodist District. For Local Church or Circuit matters please contact the people on the individual Circuit and Church pages.)

01603 625765

Danielle Gravestock

The District Office
Chapel Field Road Methodist Church

About Us

Registered Charity Number 1129451

Our Privacy Notice can be found by clicking here.