Respecting the privacy of the user on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. This policy describes our current policies and practices with regard to personal data collected by St. John’s through our website. The term “personal data” refers to personally identifiable information including your name, birth date, email address, mailing address, social security number, and the last four digits of your credit card number.
Notification of changes to this policy
Use of personal data collected through this website
We are committed to ensuring the security of your personal information. Information, including but not limited to personal data, that we collect through this website will not be sold, rented, exchanged or used by any individual or entity other than St. John’s Church without your express permission. This website links to websites maintained by other organizations or individuals. Be aware that once you link to another site we are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of that website.
Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
Guidelines Relating to Alcoholic Beverage Use
The Church is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all people, including people in recovery.
- Clergy shall consecrate an appropriate amount of wine when celebrating the Eucharist and perform ablutions in a way that does not foster or model misuse for any member of the altar party.
- Clergy are encouraged to acknowledge and promote the equal validity of receiving the sacrament in “one kind” (bread only).
- Due to the effects of alcohol as a mood-altering drug, alcoholic beverages shall not be served when church business is conducted. This shall include but not be limited to the following: vestry and advisory councils, diocesan council, all committee meetings and candidate interviews.
- Congregations and related agencies should consider the impact of serving alcoholic beverages at events or gatherings, including permitting a limited use or quantity. If the absence of alcoholic beverages might reduce attendance or lessen the appeal of an event, the organizers should reconsider the appropriateness of the event.
- The groups or organization sponsoring the activity or event at which alcoholic beverages are served must have permission from the clergy or the vestry.
- Food shall always be served when alcoholic beverages are served.
- Appealing non-alcoholic beverages must always be offered with at least equal prominence and accessibility, including healthy alternatives. Water should always be one of the available alternatives.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages must be clearly labeled as such. Food prepared with alcohol should be labeled even if the alcohol itself is completely evaporated by the cooking process since the aroma of alcohol can still trigger someone’s abuse.
- Wine and beer are acceptable alcoholic beverages to serve on church property. Hard liquor is strongly discouraged, but if it is served it requires a certified server.
- Serving alcoholic beverages at any event where there are minors present is strongly discouraged. If minors are present, alcohol must be served at a separate station that is monitored at all times.
- The serving of alcoholic beverages must be monitored, and those showing signs of intoxication must not be served. An adult must be assigned to oversee its serving. That adult must not drink alcoholic beverages during the time of his/her execution of duties.
- The serving of alcoholic beverages at church events shall not be publicized as an attraction of the event, e.g., “wine and cheese reception,” “cocktail party,” “beer tasting.”
- The presence of alcoholic beverages at church social functions shall not be promoted as a requirement, or advertised as an enticement, to participate in a church function.