The Synod supports the mission and ministry of our local churches.
Who We Are
Who's who at URC Thames North Synod?
A list of committees at URC Thames North Synod.
Find out about the structure of the United Reformed Church.
There are approximately 1500 local United Reformed Churches Across England, Scotland and Wales.
Thames North Trust
Find out about the Thames North Trust.
What We Do
How we undertake a range of functions to support our local churches.
Discipleship Steering Group
The DSG at the forefront of our commitment to whole life discipleship.
Children & Youth
News on our children's and youth work and activities.
Support for those working with children, young people and adults at risk of harm.
Church & Society Network
The Church & Society Network explores various church and society issues.
Work With Us
Current job vacancies within the Thames North Synod and our partner organisations.
Find a Local Church
Directory of our local churches within the Thames North Synod.
Weekly e-newsletters from the Synod.
Thames North Synod gathers for full Synod meetings 2-3 times a year.
Information and documents relating to Church Premises.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety Policy for the United Reformed Church Thames North Synod.
Additional resources & downloads.
1. Personal data
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. Data Controller
The Thames North Synod of The United Reformed Church (“the Synod”) is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.
3. How do we process your personal data?
The Synod 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.
The Synod uses personal data for the following purposes: -
4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data
Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -
5. Sharing personal data
Personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the Synod in order to carry out a service to a church, a church member or for purposes connected with the Synod. We will only share your data with third parties with your consent.
6. How long do we keep data?
We retain data on the following basis:
Committee membership lists
Indefinitely, as part of the historic record of the synod.
Contact details of committee members, volunteers and officers
24 months after the last contact.
Personal data relating to events for which additional information is gathered e.g. residential events
Disposed of immediately after the event unless anything has occurred (e.g. an accident) which indicates that records should be retained for a longer period.
Records of attendance of children/young people and helpers
Indefinitely for safeguarding purposes.
Photographs and videos of events
24 months after the event - selected items retained for historical records.
Indefinitely or until advised otherwise by authorities.
3 years from the date of the last entry (or, if the accident involves a child/young adult, then until that person reaches the age of 21).
3 years after resolution of complaint (unless further action is anticipated).
6 years after the date of termination of employment.
Pension Records (money purchase)
6 years after transfer or value taken.
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: -
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 Synod Office on 020 7799 5000 (option 1) or via email [email protected] or at the Synod Office, St. Paul’s URC, Newton Road, London, W2 5LS.
You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/emaill or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.