General Information

This section comprises a number of miscellaneous guidance notes of relevance to the ongoing life of a congregation.


Annual Statistical Return
Congregations are required to make an annual statistical return to their diocese.

Data Protection
Guidance is provided on the application of data protection legislation to congregational activity (including General Data Protection Regulation). This comprises a ‘Brief Guide‘ and also Guidance on Privacy Notices and Consent Forms. Also provided are stand alone forms  (template for Data Protection Privacy Notice and template for Consent Form) for the use as explained in the foregoing guidance, including a Communicants Roll Declaration Form.

Food Safety
Guidance is provided on compliance with food hygiene regulation.

Copyright and Performing Rights Licences
Guidance is provided on compliance with copyright and performing rights legislation.

Public Entertainment Licences
Guidance is provided on compliance with licensing legislation. 

Care of Congregational Records and Archives
Guidance is provided on the maintenance, storage and archiving of congregational records.

Unit Trust Pool
The SEC operates a Unit Trust Pool is available to all congregations as a possible means of investment.

Access and Inclusion
Guidelines on how to make your church more accessible and inclusive

Health and Safety
The Health & Safety Toolkit, introduced in 2023, contains information and resources to help you ensure that your church and associated buildings offer a safe environment, as well as guidance on ensuring that you are compliant with Health and Safety legislation.