I am interested in hearing from churches who are using a strategic approach to their social media. Do you have a Social Media strategy/plan that you'd be willing to share? I'd love to hear from you if you do! Thanks Laura Thomas
Does anyone have a file retention policy they'd be willing to share? We recently had an issue with a "Subject Access Request" from a previous church member requiring us to send him all personal data that we have on file for him from a period 12-14 years ago. It turns out that we have caused ourselves problems by having retained rather too many documents. On the other hand there are good reasons for us to have retained some for some time. So knowing what other churches do would be most helpful please. Simon Jones
I am currently considering the possibility of purchasing some Church Management Software such as Church Builder; does UCAN have any information on this topic, or are there UCAN members already using Church Builder or other packages?
Ross Evans, Widcombe Baptist Church
Can anyone suggest any advice on how we should employ casual workers, specifically a caretaker and two cleaners. Should they have a formal written contract, and does anyone know where we can find a wage slip template for causal workers? Thank you in advance, Andreas Botzios.
Can anyone recommend a good Youtube channel for congregational hymns? I'm trying to plan ahead for times when we might not have an organist and want to introduce an occasional 'sing along to Youtube' hymn to get people used to the idea. Thanks Eleanor Plant.
Just getting to grips with writing a policy and procedure of how to deal with a right to be forgotten request. Has anyone already started this or has any advice please? Thanks Ruth Blaine
I was wondering if anyone had anything on paper as to how they do staff inductions, e.g. a list of things to show/tell new employees, how to handle inductions, who does what etc. We have two new staff starting soon and we don’t have anything formal in place. Thanks. Rachael Hutchins
I would appreciate recommendations for a one day course on health and safety, that doesn't cost a fortune and is ideally aimed at churches/ charities and small business. The courses I’ve found by Googling seem to be several days long and cost a fortune! With thanks Rachael Hutchins
I am putting together a training contract for use when expensive training is requested and we might want to ensure that the church gets value for money from this training and may want money paid back if the trainee either doesn't finish the course or leaves soon after completing it. Does anyone have anything similar that I could have a look at ? Many thanks. Isabel Plimmer
I have been tasked with preparing a business risk register for us. I am not talking about Risk Assessments I am looking at what happens if we have a fire, treasurer gets run over, church attracts adverse media publicity etc. I am hoping that others may have had to prepare one and if so may be willing to share it with me. If so please can you contact me on 01920487267 or email a word version to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks Martin Dudley
Do you use a programme specifically to record your safeguarding issues and incidents, software like CPOMS or MyConcern? Our safeguarding team are looking into this and would value any experience you my have. The two I have mentioned are very school based, do you know of any others? Thank you Karen Coleman
Hi, I'm looking into online text messaging services. Could anyone recommend one they use? Thanks very much, Caroline Towers
I (with others in my area) am interested to learn more about managing buildings that are used by the wider community. What are your experiences? Can you share your top tips? One of the group particularly wants to learn more about managing the tension of church and non church use, and of general having a busy building. My own church will have a brand new centre later this year and we have it all to learn, http://www.broadmeadcentre.org/ Can you recommend any good reading on managing buildings open in this way, church or otherwise? I would love to talk to someone with church experience who is a facilities management specialist, do you know anyone who would be willing to talk to me? Karen Coleman
Does anyone else have a pigeon hole system for people to collect post and rotas? How are you dealing with GDPR? Is it ok to address things with Christian name and Surname or should we stick to first names only? These pigeon holes are in a public space which is accessed in daylight hours. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Nikki Jackson
Do members have recommendations of an invoice system they use for room hire? Thanks Linda Tudor
Has anyone had any experience with purchasing a Defibrillator for the church?
- Any recommendations for types of device/manufacturer (and rough cost)?
- Any grant bodies we could apply to assist us with purchasing?
- Are there any ongoing costs? I.e training, testing, insurance etc
- Any tips etc?
Thanks. Karen Ponsford
Would anyone be willing to send me a copy of the contract they use for their Ministry Trainees? We have someone starting in September and need to put together a contract for her. Many thanks. Kate. email@example.com.
"Welcome" Role Specifications. I'd be super-grateful if people could send me example role specification for their Sunday Welcome teams! Laura@stmichaelsbristol.org. Thanks Laura Thomas
Please could people recommend IT systems other than iKnow church software? Thanks Tracey Bond
GDPR and sharing information between separate legal entities - apologies if this has already been covered (I'm new to UCAN) but how are people dealing with the fact that the vicar and the PCC (and also for us our Pioneer ministers) are separate legal entities and therefore separate Data Controllers, but need to share information? I was thinking of covering it somehow in the consent form but cannot find anything on it in any of the guidance so would be grateful for any thoughts. Thanks. Jacqui Piper