About cookies

Cookies are small packets of information stored by a web browser on your computer. There are two main types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies.

Session cookies are removed from your computer when you close your browser and are mainly used, for example, to store information about the items in your shopping basket.

Persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until they are deleted or when they reach their expiry date. This type of cookie is often used to anonymously track your activity on a website so the website owner can analyse the data to see if there are ways they can improve their website.

There are many reasons why a website may use cookies, however, the important thing to know about them is they are harmless. Like every other website on the Internet, we use cookies to help us understand how our website is performing. We certainly do not store any personal information, like your name or address.

Refusing cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies, however, blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.

Managing cookies for each browser differs, so we have provided links to more detailed information for some the more popular browsers:

Cookies

We use a number of different cookies on our site. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit http://www.aboutcookies.org for detailed guidance.

The list below describe the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for. Currently we operate an ‘implied consent’ policy which means that we assume you are happy with this usage. If you are not happy, then you should either not use this site, or you should delete the cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.)

First Party Cookies

These are cookies that are set by this website directly.

Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to collect information about visitor behaviour on our website. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. This Analytics data is collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our site and is not tied to personally identifiable information.We therefore do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

You can find out more about Google’s position on privacy as regards its analytics service at http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics/privacyoverview.html

Third Party Cookies

These are cookies set on your machine by external websites whose services are used on this site. Cookies of this type are the sharing buttons across the site allow visitors to share content onto social networks. Cookies are currently set by Facebook, Google+. In order to implement these buttons, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts from domains outside of our website. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the internet, including on this website.

You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.

Cookie Notice

Mourne Presbyterian Church uses cookies to facilitate certain interactive elements of the website. These do not store or provide any personal information in which us or any third party can identify you.

Our visitors’ privacy is of paramount importance to us, and our use of cookies will in no way allow us to access your computer. We simply use cookies to record the areas of the website that was visited, and for how long. This will provide us with useful information on how to improve our website for our visitors.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored by the internet user’s browser, if they agree. They are placed on your computer or mobile phone by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently.

Cookies are not dangerous – they are not computer programs and it is impossible for them to circulate viruses.

Use of Cookies by Mourne Presbyterian Church
We use cookies on our website to:

Make our website work as you would want it to
Improve the speed and security of our website
Allow you to interact with our Social Media Platforms
Continuously make improvements on our website
Make any marketing we do, more efficient
Let us present graphics and images to you in a more user-friendly manner
Remember if you have already accepted our terms and conditions.
To allow you to use our search facility on our website

There is no way to prevent these necessary cookies being set other than to not use our website.

We DO NOT use cookies to:

Gather or store any personal and identifiable information
Collect any sensitive information
Disclose or sell data collected from cookies to any third parties.

Granting Mourne Presbyterian Church to use Cookies

If the settings on your internet browser that you are using to view our website is adjusted to accept cookies, we take this, and your continued use of our website to mean that you are consenting to this.

If you wish to remove cookies from our site, you can do this through your browser settings – although, we warn you that our website will more than likely not work as well as you would like it to, or expect it to.

What Cookies we use:

CATEGORY 1: STRICTLY NECESSARY COOKIES

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our websites and use its interactive features and secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services that you have asked for cannot be provided. For example, you may not be able to use our search bar to navigate your way around our website.

By continuing to use our website, you agree that we can place these cookies on your device.

CATEGORY 2: PERFORMANCE COOKIES

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that verifies a visitor. All information that is collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

The Category 2 Cookies we use include Analytics Cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages.
These cookies don’t collect information that identifies you. All the information collected is anonymous and is only used to improve how our website works.

Our website uses Google Analytics Cookies – information collected by Google Analytics Cookies will be transmitted and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America in accordance with their privacy policies.

To see an overview of privacy at Google and how this applies to Google Analytics, please click here. You may opt out of tracking by Google Analytics by clicking here.

Our website uses the following Google Analytics Cookies:
Cookie name
Source
Expiry
Purpose
How to block
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Google Analytics
6 months from set/update
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Go to the Cookie Consent Wizard and set your preferences.
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Google Analytics
2 years from set/update
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Google Analytics
30 minutes from set/update

You may also control and delete these cookies through your browser settings.

By continuing to use our website, you agree that Mourne Presbyterian Church can place performance cookies on your device.

CATEGORY 3: FUNCTIONALITY COOKIES

Category 3 cookies allow the website to remember the choices you make on our website (such as the language you have selected and the region you are in) and provide enhances and therefore much more personal features. These cookies can be used to remember changes you have made to text sizes, fonts and other parts of our website that you can customise. They may also be used to provide service you have asked for, such as commenting on our posts, and using social media to like this website. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other website.

By the continued use of our website, you are giving us permission to place these cookies on your device.

CATEGORY 4: TARGETING COOKIES OR ADVERTISING COOKIES

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. The remember that you have visited a website and this information is share with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to the site functionality provided by the organisation.

Our website DOES NOT use this category of cookies

Third party cookies:

On our website, we have a link to our Facebook and Google accounts. These buttons on our website allows you to interact with our social media platforms and to engage with our existing followers. Facebook and Google My Business may set up a cookie on your computer memory. This is separate to Mourne Presbyterian Church’s cookie policy. Fore more information, see:
https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/
https://www.google.com/+/policy/pages-services.html

We also have a Google Map of our location, if you click on the map, you are leaving our website and going to Google Maps, please see their cookie notice below:
https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies

What happens if you disable all cookies?

If you disable all cookies from your browser, then it is more than likely that the following features will not work:
Image quality may be compromised in our gallery
You will not be able to use our contact forms
Our social media buttons may not work
May not be able to view all of our services

Want to opt out of all cookies?

If you want to, you can manage the cookies that you allow on your computer through the internet browser that you use.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all, or just some cookies. As mentioned above, if you use your browser to block all cookies (including the necessary ones), our website is unlikely to perform as you would expect it to.
If you would like to find out more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, and how to manage and delete them, please visit: https://www.aboutcookies.org/