Privacy Policy

Penicuik Baptist Church

Privacy Policy Statement

May 2018


1.       About this statement

This statement lets you know about how Penicuik Baptist Church uses personal data that it collects from you. This statement also applies to any personal data that the church will process as part of its life and work. This statement may change from time to time. An up to date copy of this statement can be found on the church website as well as contact details for the church.


2.       Personal information that we collect from people

Penicuik Baptist Church collects the following types of personal information, where relevant:

Personal and contact details including title, full name, postal addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers

Dates of birth, gender and age

Marital status

Physical and mental health information

Tax and employment information

Bank account details


3.       How do we use the personal data in Section 2?

The personal data that we collect is used in the following ways, where relevant:

Contact lists and rotas. The church keeps contact details to inform interested parties of news and information about the church and its activities.

Children’s and youth ministry. The church processes information about children and young people in order to protect their well being and safety when they are involved in church groups and activities.

Gift Aid. The church has to administer donations and offerings given to us under the Gift Aid scheme. This includes processing personal information about tax and employment.

        Financial transactions. The church uses bank account details for financial transactions.


4.       What is the source of the personal data in Section 2?

All the information that the church collects about you in Section 2 will come from you directly. Parents and carers will also provide the church with information relating to their children and vulnerable adults where necessary.


5.       What are the legal grounds for processing the information you give to the church?

The church uses personal information:

Where it is needed to provide a service to you or the children/vulnerable adults under your care.

Where it is in the legitimate interests of the church to do so.


6.       Your right to privacy

The church will not share your information with any person or any organisation. The only exceptions to this will be:

If the church is legally obliged to share information.

If you request that the church shares your information (for example, if you request a personal reference from the church).


7.       Church obligations to you in relation to your personal information

If your personal information changes you should tell us so that we can update our records.

We will hold your personal information for as long as we have reasonable grounds for doing so.

You are entitled to the following:

The right to be informed about the information the church holds about you.

The right to have your personal information corrected.

The right to object to processing of your personal information.

The right to restrict processing of your personal information.

The right to request access to your personal information.

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.


8.       Contact the church

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or if you wish to ask about the church and your personal information you can contact the church:

Using the contact details at

By writing to the church postal address:

Penicuik Baptist Church, Loanburn, Penicuik EH26 8AQ

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Anniversary Weekend

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Every year Penicuik Baptist Church holds a weekend of special services to celebrate the church and its history.

This year we are delighted to welcome David Campbell, as our guest speaker. David is the pastor of North Preston Evangelical Church. He will be with us Saturday 19th May at 3pm. He will also preach at our Sunday services on Sunday 20th May, 10.30am and 6.30pm.

You are invited to join us for these meetings. On the Saturday there will be a snack buffet tea after the meeting. On the Sunday we will enjoy a buffet lunch after the morning service. All are welcome.

Thinking Like Christ

There is no getting round it... thinking is a key part of the Christian life. Whatever part of the New Testament you read - sooner or later you read a challenge to change your thinking.

"Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin..." (1 Peter 4:1)

What's Peter writing about in this verse? He is probably saying something about Christian choices. He is probably saying that Christians learn to think that suffering is better than sinning.

So, if a Christian believer has to make a choice between one thing and another thing... and one of those things is sin without suffering, and the other is suffering without sin... Christians learn to choose suffering over sin.

Why suffering over sin? Because... Christ suffered in the flesh... Christ chose not to sin. 

Christians learn to live "no longer for human passions but for the will of God" (1 Peter 4:2)

Christians learn to think like Christ.

Submission and humility

We're still reading through 1 Peter on Sunday mornings. We're just over half way through and we've been noticing a theme.

Honour, respect, submission. From v11 of chapter 2 - all the way through to at least v17 of chapter 3 - Peter tells Christian believers about how to live in the world.

Christian believers are to live in the world honouring, respecting, and submitting to all sorts of people. Even when it hurts. Even when we experience evil and reviling.

In return for evil and reviling - Christian believers are to bless. We are to give a reason for the hope that is in us; with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience.

How does the gospel of Jesus prepare us to live like this?

Find out the next two Sunday mornings at Penicuik Baptist Church.

Easter Leaflets 2018

At least once a year Penicuik Baptist Church usually distributes seasonal thematic leaflet tracts. We order 2000 to put through house letter boxes. We do this at Christmas or Easter time depending on other evangelistic work that the church is doing. This year we are putting out Easter tracts.

We use TELit tracts - - partly because that is what we've done for many years, and partly because we find it very convenient.

TELit tracts always contain a good number of great Bible verses. They are very easy to read.

Example of a TELit tract

Example of a TELit tract

There are very few ways to reach people with the gospel. That is simply a fact of communication. Despite the digital revolution there are only a handful of ways to share a message.

If someone is to receive the gospel, believe the gospel, and become a Christian - it is going to be through one of those ways.

Currently Penicuik Baptist Church is not in a position to tell everyone in Penicuik the gospel in person through speech. We hope this will not always be the case. Penicuik Baptist Church wants everyone to hear the gospel.

While we are not able to tell everyone the gospel - we are free and able to get the gospel into the vicinity of most people in Penicuik. Placing gospel literature through the front doors of most of the houses in Penicuik achieves this outcome.

We will not give up seeking to reach people with the gospel. The world was changed when Jesus appeared. Through his death and resurrection Jesus has opened up the way to eternal life and salvation from a lost eternity in hell.

Pray with us that people in Penicuik will receive that news, believe it, and become Christians through joining in the fellowship of the church. Pray for the success of our Easter leaflets 2018.

Another Christian To Do List

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More things for Christians to do from Paul's letter to the Ephesians...

Paul the apostle continues to list things that believers should do. Christians are to live, Christians are to "walk", in a way that is distinctive.

Time is the first thing on the to do list. Christians are to make the best use of their time, Ephesians 5:16.

John Flavel wrote that "...the wisdom of a Christian is eminently discovered in saving and improving all opportunities in this world, for that world which is to come. God hangs the great things of eternity upon the small wires of times and seasons in this world."

How can Christians make the most of their time?

By working away at our to do list! Paul continues to add to the list...

" filled with the Spirit". Ephesians 5:18

Address one another in "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs". Ephesians 5:19

Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father. Ephesians 5:20

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21

What does it mean to keep the command, " filled with the Spirit"?

It means to do the work that has been given to us. As we do all the things on the to do list of the Christian life... God the Holy Spirit will fill us. God will make his presence with us wholesome.

To waste time, to get drunk, to be unwise, to avoid Christian fellowship, to avoid singing in Christian praise... that way of life is to avoid being filled with the Spirit. Those who live this way will show themselves to be less than Christian.

But the opposite is true. The Christian believer who works at their to do list will grow in fullness.

Jim Sayers GBM Visit To Penicuik Baptist

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We are delighted that Jim Sayers from Grace Baptist Mission will be with us on Wednesday evening. Grace Baptist Mission is an organisation that helps Grace Baptist churches to support and care for missionaries worldwide. Jim works as GBM's Communications Director and this will be his second visit to Penicuik Baptist Church. The meeting will be held at the usual time, 7.30pm, finishing no later than 9pm. Please join us if you wish to learn more and pray for mission work throughout the world.

Sunday services tomorrow March 4

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Our workers have been working to ensure the church building is open for our Sunday morning service at 10.30am this Sunday. The meeting will be the usual mix of singing, readings, prayers and preaching - all to the praise of God the Father and the benefit of his people. However - as a precaution due to weather conditions - our elders have decided to cancel the evening service at 6.30pm. It's been a strange week - normal services and meetings will be resumed from Monday, God willing!

A Christian To Do List

Currently our midweek meetings are based on Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Last night we read about a list of things that Christian believers need to do.


Speak the truth.

Be angry without sinning.

Do honest work.

Share with those in need.

Make sure our conversation is constructive.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.

Be kind to one another.

Forgive one another.

It's simple! The passage in Ephesians chapters 4 and 5 includes other to do items... and the rest of the New Testament tells us other things that Christians need to do.

Whatever else it may be... the Christian life is a life of good works.

The glorious thing is that we have been told what we should do.

Even more glorious... Christian believers have been given new life in the Holy Spirit in order to live a life of good works.

As an old saying puts it... "Give me what you command, and command what you will."

The gospel provides us with all we need to get through our to do lists.

Our awesome God

A God who fathers. A God who judges. A God who ransoms his people.

On Sunday morning we continue our series of sermons on 1 Peter.

In 1 Peter 1:17-21, Peter writes about how Christians should live. He also gives reasons for such living... 

"...conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers..."

Our awesome God is a God who fathers. A God who judges. A God who ransoms his people.