You may have noticed some changes on Sunday mornings relating to our new Safety Team. They’re the folks in the green shirts in and around our lobby. I wanted to write you to let you know what we’re doing and why.
First the why. We’re deeply committed to the safety of our church family. We want to do everything we can to keep you physically safe while you experience spiritual growth. To accomplish that, we developed a safety team and sent the leaders of that team to training put on by the Michigan State Police. Since then we have implemented their “best practices” in an effort to avoid a violent encounter similar to some that have taken place in U.S. churches throughout the past few years.
Now for what we’re doing. Once our worship service begins we are limiting the number of ways into our building. The main doors will remain unlocked during worship, but all other entrances are being locked ten minutes after worship begins. That way our safety team can visually see every person coming into our building after worship begins. We have also increased the number of people at our Kid’s City entrance and have stopped allowing anyone without a child check-in sticker to be in that space without being accompanied by a safety team member.
Our safety team is also prepared for medical emergencies. For instance, a woman in our church began experiencing chest pain one Sunday. Medical professionals from our safety team assessed her and determined she should be transported to the hospital. And ambulance was called and I am happy to report that she is doing fine.
I know change is difficult and it might be inconvenient to have to reroute to a different entrance if you’re running late some Sunday. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your flexibility. I feel better knowing we have a safety team that has been trained in specific areas to enable them to make South Lansing Christian Church a safer place to worship, serve and play. And I hope you will, too.