The Central Communications Board of the Church of Ireland has produced a template document which may be used by a Select Vestry for drawing up a brief social media policy for its parish.
This Word document file includes advice on responding to comments on social media, and encourages Select Vestries to:
The template is available to download here.
The guidelines recommend that members of the Church:
Parishes should be particularly wary about any comment or message which is from an unexpected source or is poorly worded. This may have been sent by a scammer who is seeking to take advantage of you and your church.
Scams can be identified through the following test:
The advise is to exercise caution if you receive a message such as this; as with any other organisation, a parish is not obliged to respond to all communications which it receives.
Visit the Church of Ireland’s information page on scam prevention to find out how to keep yourself and others safe.