The Parochial Church Council’s (PCCs) of St Edmund’s and St James’


The PCC’s of both St Edmund’s and St James are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy outlines how we collect, make use of, communicate and disclose personal information.  This statement outlines the ways in which we seek to be compliant with current data protection legislation (General data Protection Regulation – GDPR) and the rights each person has regarding the handling of their personal data.


  • Data Controller – determines the purpose and manner by which personal data is processed
  • Data processor – responsible for processing personal data on behalf of the data controller and under their instruction
  • Personal data – information relating to a living individual which can be identified from that data, whether held in electronic records or in paper or manual filing systems
  • Data subject – the living individual whose data we hold

Who are we?

The PCCs of both St Edmund’s and St James’ are the data controllers (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

How do we process your personal data?

The PCC’s of both St Edmund’s and St James’ complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To enable us to meet all legal and statutory obligations which includes maintaining and publishing our electoral roll in accordance with the Church Representation Rules
  • To maintain our church list of members, friends and regular attenders
  • To deliver our church ministries and activities and follow up membership, course and event enquiries.
  • To provide news and information relating to events, activities and events and services running at both St Edmund’s and St James’, and any changes to them.
  • To provide pastoral support for members and others connected with our church
  • To help you grow as a disciple and to minister to you and provide you with spiritual care (such as when you are gravely ill or bereaved) and to organise and perform ecclesiastical services for you such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals.
  • To safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the churches;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records and process and record financial donations that you have made (including Gift Aid information)
  • To recruit, support and manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To deliver our Church’s Mission to our community and to carry out any other voluntary or charitable activities for the benefit of the public as provided for in our constitution. maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To respond effectively to enquirers and handle any complaints
  • In the renting out of church premises and properties owned by the churches.
  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -
    • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
    • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data[1]?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC’s of St Edmund’s and St James’ holds about you;
  • The right to request that the PCC’s of St Edmund’s and St James’ corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; 
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC’s of St Edmund’s and St James’ to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Church Administrator, Church Office, St James Church, 95A Princess Road, Moss Side, M14 4TH.   0161 226 0088

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.


[1] Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: -