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Dear Friends,

I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. As I write this, I keep being distracted by the sun shining brightly, by the birds and the business of the natural world outside of my window. I can smell the coffee brewing too. On mornings like this I feel on top of the world. It’s a great feeling.

There are though mornings that are far less bright. Mornings of grey cloud and drizzle. Sometimes, the sun can be shining outside, but inside all is still grey. Sadness, is a fact of life. Sometimes, I’ve messed up and feel the weight of my stupidity, particularly if my foolishness has hurt another. Sometimes, there is nothing that I can put my finger on, the greyness just is.

It is days like that when I need encouragement. I look for that encouragement from God, directly through his Spirit. I often find that when I have troubles I can offer them to him, and I feel them lifted, completely, or just a little. Sometimes, I know that I just have to hold that unseen hand and carry on, encouraged by those around me.

Then I’m in the sunshine again. When I am, I try to remember the feel of the grey. I want to remember so that I can be encouragement for someone who is feeling far from bright and cheerful. Perhaps with a word, perhaps just sitting beside someone and being company in a hard time. 

That thought of being encouragement for others, I realise is a great privilege: A great privilege because by doing that I am being Christ to them, here and now. I am being like Barnabas, that great figure of the early church. I read about Barnabas accompanying Paul, and I’m often tempted to relegate him to being Paul’s side-kick, when in fact it is Barnabas who is Paul’s mentor. It is Barnabas who searches out Paul, brings him to Jerusalem and really gets him started on his path to being a great evangelist (see Acts 9.27). The name Barnabas means “Son of Encouragement”, or “Son of Comfort”, and this Barnabas is well named. 

When Paul refuses to work with Mark, it is Barnabas who defends him (Acts 15.36-41). It is Barnabas who is able to forgive, and encourage Mark to be what God can help him to be. Early tradition has it was this encouraged Mark who went on to write the Gospel associated with his name*. Whether this is true or not, it is the comfort and encouragement of Godly people like Barnabas that is so sorely needed, by me, and by so many in this changing and unpredictable world. 

The Church remembers Barnabas each year on 11th June. That Monday pray that you and I might be more like Barnabas; more forgiving, comforting and encouraging, day by day.

God bless, Nigel.

* Now disputed by many Bible scholars.


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The Benefice of Redenhall with Scole: 7 Church of England churches that serve Billingford, Brockdish, Harleston, Needham, Redenhall, Scole, Thorpe Abbotts, and Wortwell.

DATA PRIVACY NOTICE

Benefice of Redenhall with Scole

Rector: Revd. Canon Nigel Tuffnell --- Administrator: Mrs. Lucy Elton-Cooke


1. 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”).

2. Who are we?

The Benefice of Redenhall with Scole is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. The Benefice of Redenhall with Scole consists of the parishes of Billingford, Brockdish, Needham, Redenhall with Harleston and Wortwell, Scole and Thorpe Abbotts.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The Benefice of Redenhall with Scole 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 provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;

  • To administer membership records;

  • To grow our congregation and spreading the word and fund- raising to assist this;

  • To manage our employees and volunteers;

  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);

  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running across the benefice;

  • To share your contact details with the Benefice office so they can keep you informed about news in these churches and events, activities and services that will be occurring 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 data1?

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 Benefice of Redenhall with Scole holds about you;

  • The right to request that the Benefice of Redenhall with Scole 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 Benefice of Redenhall with Scole 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 Benefice Administrator at the Benefice Office, c/o 10 Swan Lane, Harleston IP20 9AN or admin@7churches.org.uk.

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

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 Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides


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