The National Bible Study Club (N.B.S.C.) is an Irish Registered Charity (CHY6590), which is dedicated to helping young people in the study of the Holy Bible. The history of the National Bible Study Club goes back many years. In 1963, a systematic mailing was carried out in Ireland offering a gospel to every home in the country. Out of the responses received grew the National Bible Study Club formerly known as ‘Look and Live’. Since that time many thousands of young people have benefited from using the free lessons. The N.B.S.C. is a faith based ministry reaching out to children throughout the island of Ireland and further afield with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is supported by gifts from individual Christians, churches and organisations. All the lessons and literature we supply are non-denominational Christian and are based solely on the teachings of the Bible. Over the years the lessons have been completely re-written and re-designed to produce effective and interesting Bible lessons for the children. The lessons are provided FREE to any child wishing to ‘Learn More About God’. There are currently four levels of lessons (Primary – ages 4-5, Junior – ages 6-10, Intermediate – ages 11-12 and Senior – ages 13+) available to young people. These lessons cover basic Bible stories with a view to introduce the students to the Lord Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world and to encourage them in further Bible study and a deeper relationship with Him. The intention is that students should complete a lesson each month. Each child is assigned to a (Garda Vetted) study leader who will mark all their studies and respond to any questions submitted by the student. Our study leaders are mature Christians who freely give of their time to mark the student’s lessons.
1. One God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – eternally existing in three distinct but equal persons.
2. The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, in creation, providence, revelation, redemption, sanctification, and final judgement.
3. The divine inspiration of the Bible, and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
4. The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen humankind, which is therefore subject to the just condemnation of God.
5. (a) That the eternal Son of God truly became man being begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary.
(b) That His death was a sacrifice to God and a propitiation for the remission of sins.
(c) That He was raised from the dead.
(d) That He ascended to the right hand of God and is now the all-sufficient High Priest of His people.
(e) That He will come again to receive His people unto Himself and to set up His Kingdom.
6. The substitutionary death of the incarnate Son of God as the only ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin and its eternal consequences, which is obtained by faith alone.
7. The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit.
8. The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal church, which is the body of which Christ is the head, and which is committed by His command to proclaim the gospel throughout the whole world.
9. The baptism of believers, and the regular observance of the Lord’s Supper, in obedience to the Lord’s command.
10. Local churches, composed of professed believers, and led by those with appropriate spiritual gifts; regular meetings for worship, prayer, teaching, and fellowship; outreach to the locality; and involvement in world mission.
Data Protection, Human Rights And Child Protection
The Data Protection regulations convey certain responsibilities on organisations/individuals collecting personal information which must be adhered to.
- Obtain and process information fairly
- Keep it only for one or more specified, explicit and lawful purposes
- Use and disclose it only in ways compatible with these purposes
- Keep it safe and secure
- Keep it accurate, complete and up-to-date
- Ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Retain the information for no longer than is necessary for the purpose
- Give a copy of his/her personal data to that individual, on request
The security of personal information is a very important consideration under the Data Protection Acts. Appropriate security measures are taken by the NBSC against unauthorised access to the data it is collection and storage.
A minimum standard of security will be followed:
- Access to the information should be restricted to authorised staff on a “need-to-know” basis.
- Manual files should be stored in a lockable filing cabinet located away from public areas
- Any information which needs to be disposed of, should be done so carefully and thoroughly
- Premises should be secured when unoccupied
Where disclosing information might place a child at risk, then child protection considerations take precedence over data protection. In certain circumstances the Data Protection Act allows for disclosure of information without the consent of the subject, including for the prevention or detection of crime, or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders. Disclosure should be appropriate for the purpose and only to the extent necessary to achieve that purpose’.
Information we collect and use
Your privacy is important to NBSC and we are committed to protecting the privacy of any personal information you share with us. Any personal information which you volunteer to NBSC will always be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality.
Personal information that we collect and use includes:
- information about who you are e.g. your name and contact details
- information about your contact with us e.g. emails and letters
- information connected to any Bible lessons you enrol in
- information that is collected automatically e.g. via cookies when you visit our website, data collected by our email provider
- information about volunteers that we are legally obliged to hold
- information connected to any donations you might make (this is a legal requirement of the Irish Government)
Children’s Privacy: NBSC does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 16 without signed permission from the parent or legal guardian. All children under the age of 16 contacting the NBSC registering to join the club and do the Bible lessons MUST have their parents/guardians permission and their signature of permission is required. We will use the information only to send out the Bible lessons, information about camp, Crossroads Magazine, competitions, and any other relevant information concerning NBSC activities. If we discover that we have been sent the personal information of a child under 16 without permission, we will take steps to delete that information as soon as possible or get the permission from a parent or guardian of the child.
Where we collect your information
We may collect your personal information directly from you, from a variety of sources, including:
- an application/enrolment form for any Bible lesson offered by NBSC
- emails or letters you send us in which you request inclusion on any of our mailing lists or where you update your contact details
- registering with us via our website or email
- registering at one of our events
- Volunteer application
A persistent cookie will be downloaded when you first visit the website. These remain in your browser between sessions. This type of cookie will allow us to identify repeat visitors to the website. Persistent cookies are also used to allow registered users to use the site without logging in every visit.
Any information gathered from cookies on the website site does not identify you personally. You may view the website without cookies. If you disable cookies some functions of the website may not function properly.
Third party cookies
If you click on the links to social media from the website (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Google+), the web sites you are taken to will place their cookies on your device. NBSC has no control over this.
What we collect and how we use your information
We take your privacy seriously and we will only collect and use your personal information where it is necessary, fair and lawful to do so. We will collect and use your information to:
- correspond with you related to materials that you have requested; answering your questions or requests for additional information
- send you information about NBSC and courses offered by us if you have given us your permission to do so.
- meet our legal obligations, for example for tax reclaim from the Revenue Commissioners or volunteer legislation.
Where we process your personal information on the basis of NBSC’s legitimate interests, we will always conduct an assessment to ensure that this use of your personal information is not excessive or unnecessarily intrusive. You will always be given an option to restrict NBSC processing your personal information or unsubscribe completely from contact with NBSC.
If you do not wish us to collect and use your personal information in these ways, you have a right to inform us. However, in some cases it might mean that we will be unable to provide you with the service you have requested from NBSC.
Who we may share your information with
We will only share your information with third parties to allow us to perform the functions outlined in ‘What we collect and how we use your information.’
These third parties include:
- Trusted partners who can help us maintain contact with you including email and data storage;
- Revenue Commissioners, for example, for the processing of tax rebate on donations;
- Law enforcement agencies where we are compelled to share requested information;
- We will only work with third parties we are confident will respect your personal information
We will never sell your details to a third party.
Where your information is processed
The majority of your information is processed in Ireland.
However, some of your information may be processed by the third parties we work with outside the EU/EEA, including countries such as the United States. Where your information is being processed outside of the EU/EEA, your information is protected to at least an equivalent level as would be applied by Ireland/EU/EEA data privacy laws.
How we protect your information
Information security is very important to us and any personal information provided to NBSC is held securely, in accordance with the requirements of the relevant Irish and EU legislation. We implement a variety of physical and technical security measures, to maintain and safeguard your personal information. Security measures are reviewed periodically to protect the safety of the data you provide to us and ensure the data is used only for the intended purpose.
How long we keep your information
We will keep your personal information as long as is necessary to provide you with the information or service you have requested from us. We will only keep your information after this period to meet any legal obligations.
Verifying, Updating, and Deleting Personal Data
You have the right to access the personal information we hold on you.
If your personal information is inaccurate or incomplete, you can request that it is corrected.
You can ask for your information to be deleted or removed.
When you inform us of any changes in your personal data, we will update or delete your personal data accordingly. To find out what personal data we hold on you or to have your personal data updated, amended or removed from our database, please contact us at the address or email below.
A formal written request by the Data Subject, to our address or email below, will be processed as soon as possible, in accordance with our data protection obligations. Please include any details that will help us locate your data, e.g. your personal information and the date-range of this data.
Updated November 2019