Photo & Video Policy

At Bethlehem Lutheran Church we value the way in which photos, videos and other media play a part in leading people to Jesus.  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 that leads people to Jesus by sharing timeless truth in a timely way.

 

Accordingly, photography, videography, and any other recording may be in progress at Bethlehem's Sunday services, ministry activities, classes, programs and other events.  Bethlehem 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, and digital media (e.g., Bethlehem's website, Facebook and other social media sites). 

 

By being present at Bethlehem services, ministry activities, classes, programs and events:  (i) you consent to be photographed, videotaped or otherwise recorded; (ii) you grant your permission for Bethlehem to use recordings containing your image, likeness, voice or statements, without compensation, credit or other consideration to you, for Bethlehem's promotional, publicity and other purposes, throughout the world and in perpetuity; and (iii) you agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify Bethlehem 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 Bethlehem's website or social media page (e.g., Facebook) that includes you or a member of your family and would like it removed, please contact us at secretary@bethlehemlakeville.org or by using the phone number provided on this website.  Please note we may not be able to remove your image from certain videos or live stream messages. Please understand that Bethlehem 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 has no ability to remove such media from publications, including internet or social media sites, that are not run by Bethlehem.