Immanuel Christian Reformed Church Privacy Policy

Last Revised: Sept 16, 2019


Immanuel Christian Reformed Church (“ICRC”) is committed to respecting the privacy of member¹ and participant² personal information that is collected and maintained for ministry activities in compliance with British Columbia’s Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). The following privacy policy (the “Policy”) has been created to demonstrate our commitment to the principles outlined in PIPA.

All directors, officers, employees and volunteers of ICRC and persons or organizations who act for, or on behalf of, ICRC are required to comply with the Policy.


This Policy covers the treatment of personal information collected from members and participants and outlines the purposes behind the collection and use of personal information. It also outlines policies concerning the collection, use, distribution and retention of this information as well as policies for addressing any concerns or complaints. Requests to add, change or delete personal information that is retained by ICRC should be made to ICRC’s Privacy Officer at:

Immanuel Christian Reformed Church
7600 No. 4 Road
Richmond, BC V6Y 2T5

¹ A “member” is an individual in good standing at the date the ICRC bylaws became effective, or a person who has attained the age of 19 and been granted membership by the Council in accordance with the Society’s regulations and has not ceased to be a member (Bylaw 3.1)

² A “participant” is an individual who utilizes the services and programs offered by ICRC

Privacy Officer

ICRC has appointed its current membership committee head as the Privacy Officer responsible for ICRC’s compliance with the Policy and any inquiries, requests or concerns relating to privacy. The Board of ICRC and each team, employee and volunteer is responsible for maintaining and protecting personal information under its/their control and is accountable to the Privacy Officer for such information.


ICRC is responsible for personal information collected, used or distributed by ICRC and personal information in our custody or under our control. In order to fulfill our responsibility and comply with current legislation, ICRC

  • has designated a Privacy Officer who is responsible for overseeing our privacy policy and ensuring routine compliance with it;

  • will provide the name or names of the Privacy Officer(s) and contact information upon request;

  • has developed procedures in accordance with this Policy to govern the handling of personal information and respond to complaints;

  • staff and volunteers are trained in accordance with this Policy and committed to ensuring that privacy is protected;

  • has made the Policy available to members and participants through the church office and ICRC’s website; and

  • will hold any contracted third party to whom personal information is made available, responsible for protecting the privacy of such personal information at a level comparable to that of ICRC

Identifying Purposes

ICRC is committed to ensuring that the purposes for which personal information is used are identified. ICRC will only collect personal information from members and participants as necessary to fulfill the following purposes:

  • ministerial purposes, such as, but not limited to, providing spiritual care and counselling, track member engagement, determining ministry effectiveness and following up on members and participants;

  • determining ministry programs needed at the church;

  • responding to information requests;

  • issuing official donation receipts according to CRA requirements;

  • mailing donation receipts;

  • sending out information to ICRC members;

  • communicating church announcements, news and events;

  • verifying identity;

  • delivering requested products and services;

  • ensuring a high standard of service to our church family members; and

  • meeting regulatory requirements.

ICRC will make this Policy known to individuals at the time personal information is collected whether such collection occurs orally, electronically, or in writing.
Except for purposes authorized by law, ICRC will notify and obtain the consent of an individual from whom personal information has been collected, before utilizing the collected information for a new purpose.


ICRC will obtain reasonably informed consent of a member/participant to collect, use or disclose personal information except where authorized to do so without consent.

Consent can be provided orally to an authorized representative of ICRC, or in writing, or electronically.

Consent can be implied where the purpose for collecting, using or disclosing the personal information would be considered obvious and the person voluntarily provides personal information for that purpose.

In general, the use of products and services by a member/participant constitutes implied consent for ICRC to collect, use and disclose personal information for all identified purposes.

Consent may also be implied where a member/participant is given notice and a reasonable opportunity to opt-out of the personal information being used for mailing lists and fundraising, and the member/participant does not opt-out.

Subject to certain exceptions, members/participants can withhold or withdraw their consent for ICRC to use their personal information in certain ways. In a situation where a member’s/participant’s decision to withhold or withdraw consent to certain uses of personal information may restrict ICRC’s ability to provide a particular service or product, ICRC will explain the consequences of withholding/withdrawing consent to assist the person in making the decision.

A member/participant may not be able to withhold consent when withdrawal of consent would frustrate the performance of a legal obligation.

ICRC will not require consent for the collection and use of personal information in certain situations. The following are examples of when ICRC may collect, use or disclose personal information of a member participant without their consent:

  • when the collection, use or disclosure of personal information is permitted or required by law;

  • in an emergency that threatens an individual’s life, health, or personal security;

  • when disclosure is required to comply with a court order;

  • when disclosure is required for archival purposes;

  • when the personal information is available from a public source (e.g., a phone directory, LinkedIn, etc.);

  • when the personal information is available through observation at a public event that the member/participant attended voluntarily;

  • when the collection, use or distribution is necessary to determine suitability to receive an honour, award or similar benefit, or to be selected for an athletic or artistic purpose;

  • when we require legal advice from a lawyer;

  • for the purposes of collecting a debt;

  • to protect ourselves from fraud; and

  • to investigate an anticipated breach of an agreement or a contravention of law.

Limiting Collection

ICRC will limit the collection of personal information for the purposes set out in this Policy and in compliance with our legal obligations.

ICRC will not collect personal information indiscriminately.

The purposes for collecting personal information will be reasonably clear at the time of collection and ICRC will not deceive or mislead our members/participants as to why information is being collected.

ICRC will collect personal information by fair and lawful means.

Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention

ICRC will only use and disclose personal information where necessary to fulfill the purposes identified at the time of collection, or for a purpose reasonably related to those purposes except where we are authorized to do so (see “Consent” section above).

ICRC will not use or disclose member/participant personal information for any additional purposes unless required by law, or unless ICRC obtains consent to do so.

ICRC will not sell member/participant lists or personal information to and third parties without appropriate consent.

ICRC will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or consented to. ICRC will maintain reasonable schedules to ensure that personal information is reviewed on an ongoing basis for the purposes of determining relevance and retention.

When personal information that has been collected is no longer relevant to its purpose, ICRC will ensure that it is deleted, destroyed or anonymized, in accordance with applicable legislation. In general, all personal information will be deleted, destroyed or anonymized no later than seven years after the purpose for which it was collected has been completed unless otherwise required by law.

If ICRC uses personal information to make a decision that directly affects the member/participant, ICRC will retain that personal information for at least one year to give the individual a reasonable opportunity to request access to it.

ICRC will be utilizing an online church management software system to maintain personal information collected by ICRC in accordance with this Policy. In keeping with ICRC’s commitment to safeguarding personal information, the system will be password protected and access will be strictly limited.


ICRC is committed to ensuring the accuracy of its information and will make reasonable efforts to ensure that personal information is accurate and complete.

ICRC will update information when necessary or when an individual notifies us. Members may request a correction to their personal information in order to ensure accuracy and completeness. A request to correct personal information must be made in writing to the Privacy Officer and provide sufficient detail to identify the personal information and the correction being sought.


ICRC is concerned about the safety of personal information of our members and participants. In order to address security concerns, we
have developed the following safeguards:

  • physical security measures, including locked cabinets, restricted access to areas where sensitive personal information is kept, security alarm systems, etc.;

  • organizational security measures, including employee confidentiality agreements, restricting sensitive information on a need to know basis, etc.; and

  • technological security measures, including use of passwords, firewalls and security encryptions.

ICRC will protect personal information disclosed to third parties by contractual agreements that stipulate confidentiality and safeguard requirements, comparable to our own.

ICRC will use appropriate security measures when destroying personal information such as shredding documents and deleting electronic records.


ICRC is committed to making its privacy policies and procedures available to all interested parties. We will demonstrate our commitment to this openness by making the Policy easy to access and by making the contact information of our Privacy Officer readily available. Any questions or concerns regarding the Policy or procedures may be directed in writing to the Privacy Officer.

Individual Access

Individuals have a right to access their personal information, subject to limited exceptions including, but not limited to:

  • situations where disclosure may reveal the personal information of another individual; and

  • situations where the health or safety of an individual may be jeopardized.

A request to access personal information must be made in writing, provide sufficient detail to identify the personal information being sought and forwarded to the attention of the Privacy Officer. ICRC will make the requested information available within 30 business days, or provide written notice of an extension if additional time is required to fulfill the request. A reasonable fee may be charged for providing access to personal information, in which case we will inform the individual prior to proceeding.

ICRC will endeavour to make all information that it provides in response to a request, easy to understand and explain any acronyms, abbreviations, etc. that may be used.

ICRC reserves the right to confirm the identity of the individual seeking access to personal information before complying with any access requests. In this event, information related to the individual’s identity would be used exclusively for the purposes of confirming access.

In certain situations, it may not be possible to provide access to all the personal information that is held, and a request may be refused in whole or in part. For example, information may not be provided if to do so would reveal personal information about a third party or jeopardize the security of another.

If a request is refused in full or in part or if the information requested is not available, ICRC will notify the individual in writing and provide the reasons for refusal. This notification will be kept on file.

In the event that personal information is shown to be incomplete or inaccurate, ICRC will amend the personal information as appropriate. ICRC will also transmit the corrected information to third parties with access to this information, as may be required.


Complaints regarding this Policy or the use of personal information should be made to the Privacy Officer in writing. The Privacy Officer will receive and respond to all personal information requests including challenges or complaints.

It is ICRC’s policy that all complaints will be investigated. If a complaint is found to be justified, the Privacy Officer will take appropriate measures, including, if necessary, amending this Policy.

The Privacy Officer may seek external advice where appropriate before providing a final response to individual complaints. If the Privacy Officer is the subject of the complaint, then the Chair of the Council will address any complaints or concerns. If an individual feels that the matter is not resolved, the individual may also write to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia.

ICRC’s procedure for dealing with complaints is as follows:

  • record the nature of the privacy complaint and the date it is received;

  • promptly acknowledge receipt of the complaint;

  • review the matter fairly and impartially;

  • notify the individual of the outcome of the investigation in a clear and timely way; and.

  • correct any inaccurate or incomplete information if necessary.

Revisions to this Policy

ICRC will review its personal information handling practices and policies on an ongoing and regular basis and will revise this Policy as necessary.

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The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

  • the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

  • the only Son of God,
    begotten from the Father before all ages,

    • God from God,
      Light from Light,
      true God from true God,

  • begotten, not made;
    of the same essence as the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation

    • he came down from heaven;
      he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
      and was made human.
      He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
      he suffered and was buried.
      The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
      He ascended to heaven
      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
      He will come again with glory
      to judge the living and the dead.
      His kingdom will never end.

  • And we believe in the Holy Spirit,

    • the Lord, the giver of life.
      He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
      He spoke through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
      We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
      and to life in the world to come. Amen.

The Nicene Creed, also called the Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed, is a statement of the orthodox faith of the early Christian church in opposition to certain heresies, especially Arianism. These heresies, which disturbed the church during the fourth century, concerned the doctrine of the trinity and of the person of Christ. Both the Greek (Eastern) and the Latin (Western) church held this creed in honor, though with one important difference: the Western church insisted on the inclusion of the phrase "and the Son" (known as the "filioque") in the article on the procession of the Holy Spirit; this phrase still is repudiated by the Eastern Orthodox church. In its present form this creed goes back partially to the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) with additions by the Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381). It was accepted in its present form at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, but the "filioque" phrase was not added until 589. However, the creed is in substance an accurate and majestic formulation of the Nicene faith. This translation of the Greek text was approved by the CRC Synod of 1988.

The Athanasian Creed

Whoever desires to be saved should above all hold to the catholic faith.

Anyone who does not keep it whole and unbroken will doubtless perish eternally.

Now this is the catholic faith:

  • That we worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity,
    neither blending their persons
    nor dividing their essence.

    • For the person of the Father is a distinct person,
      the person of the Son is another,
      and that of the Holy Spirit still another.
      But the divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one,
      their glory equal, their majesty coeternal.

  • What quality the Father has, the Son has, and the Holy Spirit has.

    • The Father is uncreated,
      the Son is uncreated,
      the Holy Spirit is uncreated.

    • The Father is immeasurable,
      the Son is immeasurable,
      the Holy Spirit is immeasurable.

    • The Father is eternal,
      the Son is eternal,
      the Holy Spirit is eternal.

      • And yet there are not three eternal beings;
        there is but one eternal being.
        So too there are not three uncreated or immeasurable beings;
        there is but one uncreated and immeasurable being.

  • Similarly, the Father is almighty,

    • the Son is almighty,
      the Holy Spirit is almighty.

      • Yet there are not three almighty beings;
        there is but one almighty being.

    • Thus the Father is God,
      the Son is God,
      the Holy Spirit is God.

      • Yet there are not three gods;
        there is but one God.

    • Thus the Father is Lord,
      the Son is Lord,
      the Holy Spirit is Lord.

      • Yet there are not three lords;
        there is but one Lord.

  • Just as Christian truth compels us
    to confess each person individually
    as both God and Lord,
    so catholic religion forbids us
    to say that there are three gods or lords.

  • The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten from anyone.
    The Son was neither made nor created;
    he was begotten from the Father alone.
    The Holy Spirit was neither made nor created nor begotten;
    he proceeds from the Father and the Son.

  • Accordingly there is one Father, not three fathers;
    there is one Son, not three sons;
    there is one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.

  • Nothing in this trinity is before or after,
    nothing is greater or smaller;
    in their entirety the three persons
    are coeternal and coequal with each other.

  • So in everything, as was said earlier,
    we must worship their trinity in their unity
    and their unity in their trinity.

Anyone then who desires to be saved
should think thus about the trinity.

But it is necessary for eternal salvation
that one also believe in the incarnation
of our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully.

Now this is the true faith:

  • That we believe and confess
    that our Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son,
    is both God and human, equally.

  • He is God from the essence of the Father,
    begotten before time;
    and he is human from the essence of his mother,
    born in time;
    completely God, completely human,
    with a rational soul and human flesh;
    equal to the Father as regards divinity,
    less than the Father as regards humanity.

  • Although he is God and human,
    yet Christ is not two, but one.
    He is one, however,
    not by his divinity being turned into flesh,
    but by God's taking humanity to himself.
    He is one,
    certainly not by the blending of his essence,
    but by the unity of his person.
    For just as one human is both rational soul and flesh,
    so too the one Christ is both God and human.

  • He suffered for our salvation;
    he descended to hell;
    he arose from the dead;
    he ascended to heaven;
    he is seated at the Father's right hand;
    from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
    At his coming all people will arise bodily
    and give an accounting of their own deeds.
    Those who have done good will enter eternal life,
    and those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith:
one cannot be saved without believing it firmly and faithfully.

This creed is named after Athanasius (A.D. 293-373), the champion of orthodoxy against Arian attacks on the doctrine of the trinity. Although Athanasius did not write this creed and it is improperly named after him, the name persists because until the seventeenth century it was commonly ascribed to him. It is not from Greek (Eastern), but from Latin (Western) origin, and is not recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church today. Apart from the opening and closing sentences, this creed consists of two parts, the first setting forth the orthodox doctrine of the trinity, and the second dealing chiefly with the incarnation and the two-natures doctrine. This translation was adopted by the CRC Synod of 1988.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

  • creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

  • who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
    and born of the virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried;
    he descended to hell.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended to heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

  • the holy catholic* church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

This creed is called the Apostles' Creed not because it was produced by the apostles themselves but because it contains a brief summary of their teachings. It sets forth their doctrine "in sublime simplicity, in unsurpassable brevity, in beautiful order, and with liturgical solemnity." In its present form it is dated no later than the fourth century. More than any other Christian creed, it may justly be called an ecumenical symbol of faith. This translation of the Latin text was approved by the CRC Synod of 1988.