Privacy Policy

Published November 27, 2017

Bethesda Episcopal Church is committed to respecting the privacy of individuals who visit our website and/or sign up for parish notices. We do use some information you provide in order to make your experience on our website better, but we recognize that this information belongs to you and we take your privacy very seriously. Unless specified otherwise, Bethesda Episcopal Church will adhere to the privacy policy detailed in this statement.

Application of Privacy Policy
This privacy policy applies to all personal information submitted by Users through Bethesda Episcopal Church’s website (the “website”).

Personal Information
Bethesda Episcopal Church collects personal and non-personal information from our online users. Visitors are not required to register to view pages of our website. Non-personal information is used to track statistical information about the number of people visiting certain pages so we can improve the website experience. This information is used only for internal purposes and is not disclosed to any non-affiliated third parties.

Personal information, such as name, address, and contact information, is collected so Bethesda Episcopal Church can contact you. We may collect this information and other personal information when you wish to obtain goods or services from us, when you register for conferences or events, and when you participate in activities or complete other forms. Bethesda Episcopal Church will not collect any personal information about visitors except when they knowingly provide it, and this information will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed to non-affiliated third parties except when required by law. Bethesda Episcopal Church does not seek personal information from children online.

Bethesda Episcopal Church takes precautions – including administrative, technical, and physical measures – to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Because the internet is not a secure medium, the privacy of communications over the internet cannot be guaranteed. Bethesda Episcopal Church does not assume responsibility (and, in fact, specifically disclaims responsibility) for any harm, loss, or damage you may incur by the sending of personal or confidential information over the internet by or to Bethesda Episcopal Church.

Use of Information and Data
We use the information you provide for the purposes for which it was originally collected, for example, to respond to your email or to provide the programs or services you requested. We may also use this information to help us improve the content and functionality of our website, to better understand the needs and interests of the people and organizations that use our website, and to improve our programs and services.

Bethesda Episcopal Church may use Google Analytics to help us gather details about the use of our websites. Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their sites. Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. For more information, please visit

By accessing the website and/or registering to receive email from us, all Users consent to the collection, use, disclosure, storage, and processing of their information in accordance with this privacy policy.

Credit Card Payment Information
Bethesda Episcopal Church may collect credit card information in the course of business on our sites. We strive to protect the confidentiality and security of this information by maintaining safeguards to protect against the loss, misuse, or unlawful disclosure of card numbers. No credit card information is stored or logged on any system housed at Bethesda Episcopal Church. Instead, the information is passed straight to our payment processors by encrypted and secure methods. Bethesda Episcopal Church is not involved in preparing the encryption and disclaims responsibility for any issues with this model.

Changes to Privacy Policy 
Bethesda Episcopal Church may amend or update this privacy policy from time to time, with or without notice to web users. All users agree to be bound by the privacy policy that is in effect at the time they access the website.

Refund Policy
Online contributions to Bethesda Episcopal Church are considered to be non-refundable. The refund policy for payments related to specific events is determined according to the nature of the event. The event refund policy is posted within the registration form for each individual event.