Our Policies

St. John’s Church Privacy Policy
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.

You can visit our website without letting us know who you are or providing any pertinent information about yourself. At times we may have some programs or events that allow you to sign up or register through the website. At those times we may collect information of a personal nature. This privacy policy applies to any personal information you submit to us online.

You Consent
By using this website, you consent to our use of your personal data as described in this privacy policy.

Notification of changes to this policy
We continually strive to improve and add new functionality and features to our website. Due to these ongoing changes, changes in technology and/or changes in the law we may, at times, revise this privacy policy. Should our policies change we will post a dated notice on our home page informing you that a change or update has been made.

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

Church-related Functions

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).

Decision-making:

  • 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.

Social:

  • 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.

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