Statements and Policy Documents
Statement of Faith
… that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.
…that God’s kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God created all things very good.
…that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and, as a usurper of God’s rule, established a counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam’s original sin. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God’s judgement of death and captive to Satan’s kingdom of darkness.
Galatians1:3-5; Galatians 4:8-9; Colossians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Colossians 1:13-14; Ephesians 6:12;Mark 3:22-26; Ephesians 2:1-2; 1 John 5:19; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:1; Revelation 12:9;Genesis 3:8; Romans 1:21; Romans 5:16; Romans 5:12; John 5:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22; John 8:44; 1 John 5:19; Romans 8:20-23; Psalm 51:5; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 2:5; Romans 2:12; Hebrews 9:27; Psalm 104:5;Psalm 103:22; Psalm 22:28; Psalm 47:8; Genesis 1:31; Revelation 12:7-9; Psalm 104:24-29; Psalm 96:4-6;Psalm 89:11; Psalm 103:20-21; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 95:3-5; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; Psalm 103:19; Deuteronomy 33:27; Romans 1:20; Psalm 95:3; Isaiah 43:15; Psalm 147:5;Job 11:7-9; James 1:17; John 4:24; Matthew 5:48; Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Psalm 104:24; Proverbs 2:6;Isaiah 28:29; Exodus 33:19; Psalm 63:2; Psalm 31:19; Psalm 33:5; Psalm 89:14; Isaiah 30:18; Exodus 15:6; 1 John 4:8; Isaiah 43:13; Isaiah 45:5; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Psalm 42:2; Psalm 84:2; Jeremiah 10:10; John 1:18; John 10:30; John 14:9; John 14:16-17; John 14:26; John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; John 1:1; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4; Revelation 5:13; Ephesians 3:14-21;Psalm 45:6; Psalm 145:13; Daniel 4:3; Psalm 93:1-2; John 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:15-16;
…that God did not abandon His rule over the earth which He continues to uphold by His providence. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through them.
…that, as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from bondage and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it. The law’s purpose is to order our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral responsibility. By the work of God’s Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God’s righteous judgement against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.
…that in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God’s Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God’s kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead.
Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God’s people as His Church to be the instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took God’s judgement for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers.
The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God’s Son and David’s heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God’s reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today.
Psalm 24:1; Psalm 96:10; Isaiah 40:22; Hebrews 1:3; Romans 9:4; Ephesians 2:12; Genesis 17:3-8; Genesis 12:2-3; Genesis 15:4-6; Romans 4:3-5; Romans 4:16; Romans 4:20-25; Galatians 3:6-9; Galatians 3:13-14;Exodus 15:3-18; Exodus 19:3-6; Exodus 24:3-4; Exodus 24:7; Romans 8:3-4; Romans 8:12-14; Deuteronomy 5:1-3; Deuteronomy 30:15-18; Galatians 3:23-25; Psalm 25:8-10; Romans 7:7; John 15:26; John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:14-17; Romans 7:13; Galatians 3:19; Galatians 3:21-22; Romans 2:1-11; Galatians 3:24;Philippians 3:8-9; 1 Samuel 8:6-8; 1 Samuel 8:21-22; 1 Samuel 9:15-16; 1 Samuel 10:1; 1 Samuel 10:24; 2 Samuel 7:11b-16; Psalm 89:34-37; Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 11:1-5; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Ezekiel 34:23; Mark 1:15;Galatians 4:4; Romans 1:2-4; John 1:14; John 1:17-18; Luke 1:30-35, John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-7; Romans 5:19;
…that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing the works of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Peter 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 8:29; Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:16-21; Mark 1:14-15;Luke 11:20; Luke 17:20-21; Luke 4:1-13; Luke 4:43; Luke 4:40; Luke 4:41; Luke 7:14-17; Mark 1:16-17; Mark 3:13-15; Matthew 16:18; Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:1-17; John 1:29; John 6:51; John 4:9-10; Mark 8:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Galatians 3:13-14; Acts 3:14-15; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:18-19; 1 Peter 2:24; Galatians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32; Romans 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Colossians 2:13-15;Matthew 1:1; Luke 1:68-72; Luke 2:10-11; Matthew 9:27; Acts 2:24-28; Acts 2:29-36; Romans 1:1-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Ephesians 1:19-23; Revelation 5:5; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; John 14:16-17; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 5:18-20; Romans 8:3-4; 1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Romans 12:4-6; Luke 11:20; 1 John 3:8b; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 14:12-13; Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 4:20
…that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the filling or the empowering of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, for ministry today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit, for healing, and for recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the Church.
…that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture so that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
…that the whole world is under the domination of Satan and that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people therefore are under God’s just judgement. Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, God regenerates, justifies, adopts and sanctifies through Jesus by the Spirit all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. By this they are released from Satan’s domain and enter into God’s kingdom reign.
Romans 8:9-10; John 16:7; John 14:26; John 16:13-15; Romans 8:14; Luke 24:49; Acts 4:31; Acts 8:18-19; Acts 19:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 6:4-7; Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Corinthians 14:5; 1Thessalonians 5:19-21; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:6; Mark 1:41; Luke 6:18b-19; Mark 16:18; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; John 14:26; Psalm 19:7-9; Psalm 119:30; Psalm 119:43; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:17-18;John 3:34; John 10:35; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Revelation 22:6; Luke 24:44; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Revelation 22:18-19; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 7:24; Luke 1:38; James 1:22-25; Luke 4:5-7; 1 John 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:21-23; Romans 1:32; Romans 1:18; Romans 2:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 5:6; Mark 1:14-15; Acts 8:12; Acts 28:31; Ephesians 5:5; John 16:7-11; John 3:5-8;1 Peter 1:23; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 5:9; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 5:25; Hebrews 13:12; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9; 1 John 4:13-15; Colossians 1:13-14; Philippians 3:20
…in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head and of which we are all members.
…that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both are available to all believers.
…that God’s kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ – His return to the earth as King. After Christ returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all; His kingdom, His rule and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshipped.
John 17:20-21; Ephesians 4:3-6; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Matthew 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 2:18-19;1 Peter 2:9-10; Titus 3:4-7; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:23-26; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 4:23; Matthew 12:28; Matthew 6:10;Matthew 10:7-8; Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:11; John 15:26-27; Romans 14:17-18; Mark13:26; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19:11-16; Matthew 25:31-32; 1 Corinthians 15:23-25; Revelation 20:10; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; John 5:28-30; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; 1 Timothy 6:13-16; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:5; Revelation 21:27; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 7:9-12
Safeguarding Our Children
* You can read our full policy below.
This policy has been devised because we place a high value on caring for children and young people within the church as well as those who work with them. There are currently a range of laws in existence. The policy will be based on best practice taken from a number of different sources, but shaped to fit our philosophy of ministry.
It is our intention that all the children in this church should be cared for, pastored, trained and developed in the safest possible way. This document lays out the scope and management of the policy for care of all the children who come within our jurisdiction. It is also intended to set out best practice for those who are working with children in any area, and to give guidelines in various different situations.
This policy sets out to enable the church staff and leaders, the trustees, the children’s workers and parents to recognise their collective and individual responsibility to keep children from abuse and other dangers. We are also committed to giving appropriate care and support to the victims of abuse and to those who are the abusers.
For the purposes of this document all references to children include children up to and including the age of 18.
The Leadership undertakes to:
- endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures.
- annually review the guidelines.
- ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.
- support the Safeguarding Coordinator(s) in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and vulnerable adults.
- file a copy of the policy and practice guidelines with 31:8 and any amendments subsequently published.
- Provide on-going safeguarding training and development opportunities for all workers, developing a culture of awareness of safeguarding issues to help protect everyone. All our workers will receive induction training and undertake recognised safeguarding training on a regular basis through 31:8 and local agencies in Kingston upon Thames.
- ensure that children and vulnerable adults are provided with information on where to get help and advice in relation to abuse, discrimination, bullying or any other matter where they have a concern.
Kingston Vineyard is a registered CIO. 1176660
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 2018
The data legislation is designed to protect personal data about living individuals. This means that any person or organisation who handles personal data must comply with the requirements of the legislation.
Here at Kingston Vineyard we take your data and privacy seriously. This policy sets out the basis on which any personal information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed.
Information is collected from you so that we can keep in contact with you and let you know of news and events happening in the church that we think may be of interest to you. You may be asked to provide information such as your name or email address in order to sign up to an event or to receive information from us on church-related activities. It is entirely your choice whether to give us information about yourself or not.
There are governing principles that must be followed in relation to the processing of data about individuals including that data be:
- processed lawfully
- collected for a specific purpose
- relevant and necessary
- correct and up to date
- kept no longer than needed
- processed in accordance with individual’s rights
- kept securely
- not be shared outside EEA without verifying adequate level of protection
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE HOLD?
Information that you give us from forms that you have filled on our website or at event we run, corresponding with us by phone, email or letter or in person. The information you give us may include personal data such as your name, date of birth, postal address, e-mail address, phone number, financial and credit card information, personal description and/or photographs. We may also hold certain categories of sensitive information including religious belief, plus other sensitive data that you have told us about, such as your health and this will be used to ensure we provide the best care and support we can.
Information we collect about you
With regard to each of your visits to our website we will automatically collect the following information but this is not identifiable to you.
- Technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, and operating system and platform.
- Information about your visit to our website, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time), page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), methods used to browse away from the page.
Information we receive from other sources
We may also receive information about you from other Vineyard or Growbaby or other websites that we control, third parties who work closely with us including, for example, business partners, payment and delivery services and search information providers;
If you are a Kingston Vineyard staff member or volunteer we may also hold certain categories of sensitive information such as personal financial details, age, gender, marital status, date of birth, full employment and educational history, references, medical and criminal records.
WHY DO WE HOLD DATA ON PEOPLE?
- General administration of the Kingston Vineyard, e.g. preparation of rotas, recording attendance, maintaining financial records of giving for audit and tax purposes;
- Contacting you to keep you informed of Kingston Vineyard-related activities and events;
- Statistical analysis; to monitor trends in attendance at groups and courses to help us be more responsive to the needs of those accessing Kingston Vineyard.
HOW WILL WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?
- To let you know what’s going on at Kingston Vineyard, via email, text, whatsApp and other messaging services, if you have consented for us to do so.
- To maintain accurate and up to date records of our employees, volunteers and Kingston Vineyard clients;
- To administer our website and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;
- To improve our website to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device;
- As part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.
WHERE DO WE STORE YOUR DATE?
- We are committed to holding your personal information securely. Only Kingston Vineyard staff and authorised volunteers that need to see the data can access it;
- We may store your information on computers (on hard drives, or use cloud-based storage), in paper form, or both;
- All computers that store any personal data are password protected;
- Any paper files that hold personal information (other than names and contact details) are kept on secure premises in locked cupboards and filing cabinets;
- The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this policy and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (2018);
- Information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers.
- The transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
WHAT IS OUR LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING YOUR DATA?
Our legal basis for processing personal data is different depending upon the purpose it was collected for. The following list covers the main types of data that we hold, for a full list please contact us by emailing [email protected]
- Data collected to keep you informed about a specific area you expressed an interest in, is held to fulfil your legitimate interest and ours;
- Data collected to keep you informed about Kingston Vineyard news and events is held via consent (unless otherwise stated);
- Data collected through our booking systems for the events and courses that we run is held for our legitimate interests or because of a contractual obligation to do so;
- Data collected about your children or young people is held on parental consent and vital interests;
- Employee, volunteer and Kingston Vineyard data records are processed to comply with legal and contractual obligations and to fulfil our legitimate interests as a church community. Some of your records may be held with your consent. Where we choose to hold such records on consent we will ask for you to agree to this when your data is collected. We will also inform you how you can withdraw your consent if you wish to do so.
HOW LONG DO WE HOLD YOUR DATA?
- The length of time that we will retain your data will vary depending upon the purpose for which it is processed. For more information, email [email protected]
Under GDPR legislation you have a number of rights about how your data is processed. Full details of your personal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
Your rights include the right to:
- Request access to the data we hold about you – if you would like to do so please contact us at the address below and we will respond within 30 days;
- Have inaccurate and incomplete data rectified;
- Have the personal data we hold on you deleted (except where we are required to hold the data by law and where there is legitimate interest to withhold it – an example would be information regarding a financial transaction, which we are obliged to retain for 7 years for tax and accounting purposes);
- To restrict the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances.
- Data that is held on consent will only be processed as long as we have your consent. To withdraw your consent you can contact us by emailing [email protected]
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from other websites, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own data and privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
- To allow you to carry information across pages of our websites and avoid having to re-enter information when you return to one of our sites;
- To measure our website traffic and analyse how our websites work. This will allow us to make changes to our websites in the future and make them easier to use;
- You can accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. Please note that if you disable all cookies then you may not be able to access some parts of our websites.
The Trustees, Kingston Vineyard, 64 Heathside, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9TF
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