Implementation of New Security System & Policies!
Methodist Temple desires to be a safe space for people to gather for worship, fellowship and community-building. However, we currently live in a world where evil seems to erupt at a moment’s notice – and we are not immune to this reality even when we gather to worship. Because houses of worship are open to the public, welcoming and inviting, criminals view churches as an easy target. We should be cautious, though God says we should not be fearful or anxious. Given recent events in Parkland, FL and Sutherland Springs, TX, the need for increased security is higher than ever before.
To that end, at January’s meeting, the Trustees approved an upgrade plan to our security/alarm system. This upgrade includes cameras at strategic places throughout the building; panic buttons at major entrances; an intercom system at the Church Office entrance; and changed locks around the exterior of the building. These upgrades will require a bit of adjustment on our part (staff and congregation, alike), as it will change the ways we gain access to the building. As we move towards making our building a safe place for members, visitors, staff and community, everyone’s patience and cooperation is both welcomed and appreciated!
Here are details regarding the changes: (see map for identification of exterior doors
At 9:30, entrances A, B, D, E & G will again be open until 11:15. At that time, again, only the doors to the airlock & Narthex will be open.
Churches and places of worship should be a safe, secure place for people to gather – to worship, learn, play and bond as a community. We pray that Methodist Temple is that sort of space!