Photo, Video, Media Policy

At Arcola Church we value the way in which photos, videos and other media help our faith community grow and flourish. Photos and videos tell our story, provide visitors information and an idea of what to expect when they attend our worship services and events, highlight the work of those who serve, and allow us to communicate our mission as a church for people who don’t go to church via our website and other digital and print media.

Accordingly, photography, videography, live streaming and other recording may be in progress at Arcola Church’s Sunday services, ministry activities, classes, programs and other events. Arcola Church may use the media recorded at these events in materials produced by or for the church, including but not limited to our bulletins, posters, brochures, newsletters and other printed and electronic materials, digital media (e.g., Arcola Church’s website, our livestream, Facebook and other social media sites).

By participating in Arcola Church services, ministry activities, classes, programs and events: (i) you consent to be photographed, videotaped or otherwise recorded; (ii) you grant your permission for Arcola Church to use recordings containing your image, likeness, voice or statements, without compensation, credit or other consideration to you, for Arcola Church’s promotional, publicity and other purposes, throughout the world and in perpetuity; and (iii) you agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify Arcola Church from any and all liabilities and claims involving the use of your image, likeness, voice or statements.

While we reserve the right to photograph and record church events, we strive to ensure that photography and videography are used in safe and positive ways. We will not knowingly and intentionally post any photo, video or other recording that would be embarrassing, objectionable or hurtful to any clearly, personally identifiable individual in the recording.

Additionally, if you see a photo on an Arcola Church website or social media page (e.g., Facebook) that includes you or your child and would like it removed, please contact the our Communications team. Please note we cannot remove your image from video or live stream messages and understand that Arcola Church has no control over the recording, use and posting of images or other media by non-church staff (e.g., by community members, news outlets) and no ability to remove such media from publications, including internet or social media sites, that are not run by Arcola Church.

If you do not want your photo or your child’s photo or video to potentially be placed on the website, publications or on social media, complete the Media Opt Out form.

Note: All church buildings are subject to video surveillance for security purposes.