Privacy Policy

Who we are

This web site is run and maintained by Grace Family Church of Rhode Island. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We don’t collect personal data unless you provide it to us by filling out a contact form. Any personal data you provide to us through those forms is used to fulfill your request, and may be published as a result of your request. An example of this use is when you fill out a prayer request for posting. Additionally, we may record your data in order to fulfill your order, as for a CD order that needs to be shipped to you. In such case, we retain the data only for the period necessary to fulfill your request.


We do not allow comments on our articles or posts. However, we allow and when requested publish comments submitted to us through the appropriate forms. When visitors submit comments, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection. After approval of your comment, your name and location may be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:


If you submit images for publication in our website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use contact forms, each with a notice related to the use of the data provided with the form. The data submitted through our contact forms is used solely in fulfillment of your specific request as described above.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Cookies may also be used in conjunction with a reCAPTCHA service to prevent spam and increase security. reCAPTCHA is a service provided by Google. If a form you fill out contains a reCAPTCHA process/service, you will see either a badge or a statement to that effect. You may find additional information related to Google’s use of cookies at

Embedded content from other websites

Articles and posts on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google and Bing analytic services, which provide us with web site usage trends. However, the data we receive from these services is aggregated and does not contain identifiable personal information. Additionally, we gather non-personal data, such as a partial IP address (this IP address excludes the last three digits) and some browser information whenever you download an MP3 file or other document as in the case of our Word of Hope sermons.

Who we share your data with

We use a Mal’s e-commerce cart in order to process Word of Hope CD orders. In the course of an order placed online through their services, the information you provide is processed by Mal’s e-commerce server and forwarded to us via email. The only data we share is the data you submit for publication or for posting, as in the example of a prayer request or a comment/testimonial submitted for publication. Otherwise we do not provide your information to anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments expediently, instead of holding them in a potentially longer moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their own personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments and messages may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How we protect your data

We only keep your data for the minimum necessary time. If your data needs to be stored, as in the case of a subscription to our Word of Hope CDs which need to be mailed to you, we keep your contact information in an encrypted database. Once your data is no longer needed, we delete it from our system.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In addition to standard encryption, our system is protected by firewalls and by Norton security services to prevent intrusions and phishing.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not purchase or receive data from any third party, but only what is voluntarily submitted to us by you.

Last updated on: Feb 18, 2020