posted 24th May 2018
MAC, MAP, GDPR? What it all means

You may have heard some of these abbreviations being tossed around in church conversations recently… but what do they mean?

MAC = Mission Action Committee
MAP = Mission Action Plan
GDPR = General Data Protection Regulations


The Mission Action Committee is responsible for the Mission Action Plan. Members are currently Fr. Andrew, Rev. Helen, Scilla Wallis, Georgia Waterton, Anne Currie, Hugh Jones, Julia Elfred, Andy Baker and Ashleigh Davies.

We meet roughly three times a year to revise and develop our Mission Action Plan. The Mission Action plan consists of what we do, as St. Matthew’s Church, to understand and implement its mission – reflecting the Church of England’s five marks of mission in the world.

The five marks of mission are:

1 Proclaim
2 Teach
3 Serve
4 Transform

5 Safeguard
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
To respond to human need through loving service;
To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation;
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Our Mission Action Plan for 2018-19 is available to view here and is displayed in Church. The team is always happy to hear suggestions and ideas concerning our mission projects.


A subcommittee of the Mission Action Committee is looking into St Matthew’s compliance with the new Data Protection Regulations which come into force at the end of May – and any actions that we need to take. These Regulations supplement existing legislation covering the management of any personal data held by companies or organisations (personal data being anything which can identify an individual). The Regulations apply to all organisations operating in the UK (and Europe), so you will probably have already had emails or letters asking to ‘opt in’ to continue receiving communications from them.

Along with everyone else, St. Matthew’s has to comply. One of the first things we are doing is to carry out a data audit to confirm what data is held by whom in the parish and how it is used. This audit will then form the basis for a review of the way we do things so that we can show that we comply with the Regulations. One early output will be an updated Data Protection Policy. We too will be asking all our parishioners to ‘opt in’ to receive information from us (eg to receive the Newsletter online) and to give permission to hold their data.

Once again, if you have any questions, please speak to either Andy Baker, Anne Currie, Ashleigh Davies or Julia Elfred.