WhatsApp for churches

Guidance for using WhatsApp in your Church


Why use WhatsApp for your Church?

WhatsApp is a free tool, owned by Facebook, that allows people to message individuals, small or large groups of people with the app on their mobile phone or on a computer. If you don’t have WhatsApp, visit the App Store on your iPhone or iPad, or Google Play on an Android phone, tablet, or device, and download the app. The icon is a white speech bubble with a white phone symbol in a green square or circle. WhatsApp is used by more than 1 billion people, is free, is encrypted, which means it is secure and offers video and audio calls using the internet. You can also use it to share images and forward messages from others.

"70% of UK internet users are active on WhatsApp" (source)


Be aware of Safeguarding and Data Protection when using WhatsApp

Data Protection: TMCP (Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes) has compiled detailed information that explains the obligations imposed on Managing Trustees in relation to Data Protection legislation, including GDPR. See www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection 

Safeguarding: It is important that the safety of children, young people, and vulnerable adults especially, must be maintained. Please read the Children and Youth social media and communications guidance for churches.

If you have a safeguarding concern, please inform your district safeguarding officer.



External Resources

How to use WhatsApp (URC guide)


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