Website Administrator (Webmaster)
The Kirk Session will designate the person(s) authorized to
add or remove material from the congregational website(s).
If more than one person is authorized, then one person will
be designated by the Kirk Session as the Primary Site
Administrator. The website(s) will be under frequent
review by the Kirk Session whose decision over the inclusion
of content will be final.
The Administrator(s) should be someone with skill,
enthusiasm, and long-term commitment. The
administrator(s) must be trusted to develop and maintain the
website(s) regularly without supervision. The
administrator(s) will need to have, or be provided with,
equipment and software.
To provide a safe online environment, connecting and
informing congregational members and site visitors,
protecting their privacy, and promoting the current mission
of the congregation in a creative and attractive manner.
All web content should support the congregation’s mission
Any material which the Kirk Session and/or its
representatives consider contrary to Church doctrine or
congregational ethos should be removed immediately.
No content should be submitted for posting on the site that
may subject the congregation to claims of copyright
breaches, or to claims for libel or slander. All illegal
internet activity will be reported immediately to the
appropriate civil authorities.
copy of these guidelines and privacy statement shall be made
available for review by site visitors from every web page.
This information will usually appear via hyperlink at the
bottom of each web page.
External links may be included which are considered
helpful to site visitors.
The congregation assumes no responsibility for material on
websites linked to the congregational website(s). All
external links shall contain the following disclaimer:
“Harryville Presbyterian Church is not responsible for the
content of external websites nor does it necessarily
endorse their sponsoring organizations."
External links will open a new browser window to indicate
that the visitor is exiting the congregational website(s).
The congregation will not include links to sites which
contain material unsuitable for children.
The content of every external linked site shall be reviewed
by the Site Administrator(s) for suitability prior to
inclusion and not less than every 3 months thereafter.
All site material must have the consent of those
represented or whose material is used.
will be sought before any e-mail address or phone
number, other than that of congregational staff or
church office, is included on the website.
personal information of congregational members or site
visitors will be shared with third parties. This
includes names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and
E-mail links to individuals should be minimized.
Online forms are preferred for interactive
communications from the site.
user’s IP (network) address for the purpose of
determining the web pages viewed by visitors to our
site, at no time will this information be shared with
third-party organizations. Visitors may refuse the use
of cookies by modifying the permission settings in their
material included must comply with copyright requirements.
Copyrighted works can include, but are not limited to, news
stories, software, novels, screenplays, graphics, pictures,
music, video clips and email, and should not be used without
Use of Photographic Material
use of photographs of individuals appearing on any
congregational webpage should be minimal. Express
permission from each congregational member in a picture to
be used must be obtained.
Site Administrator(s) will have discretion concerning the
size and placement of images on web pages.
using photographs of congregational children and young
people, it is preferable to use group pictures. All
images of children shall comply with the Presbyterian Church
in Ireland Board of Social Witness Taking Care guidelines:
Consent forms (Taking Care, TCF5/04) will be used to obtain
parental consent for the use of images of congregational
children for general church purposes.
photography of children not connected with the congregation
may be used, as long as material is not protected by
No one other than designated site administrator(s) shall
have access to passwords for posting website material.
Passwords should be regularly changed.
Appropriate firewall software and anti-virus software should
be installed and regularly updated to ensure the protection
of restricted data.
Posting new messages on forums (message boards), chat rooms
or e-mail shall be restricted to registered users and
The congregation shall ensure appropriate indemnity for
all internet use.
All software used for developing and maintaining the
website will be legally registered (if necessary) with the
appropriate fees paid.