Our ad hoc task force on security met recently. The purpose was to review progress to date. We’ve learned a lot. We have more to learn, before we buy any equipment.
Our starter thinking last fall was to install some cameras. Cameras are one component of a comprehensive security plan. After talking to several vendors, we have a better idea where we will put them.
Camera vendors have recommended we consider door access controls. To learn enough to make a good choice, we will have door access vendors walk through our campus with us.
Training of and support for parishioners is another component of a security plan. It’s important to know what to do in case of problems. (Pop quiz: do you know where our AEDs are?*) To help, we have training materials available from our insurance company, Catholic Mutual.
We’ve been fortunate in not having major emergencies. We do want to stay ahead of things, however. I’m grateful to our volunteers already helping with this project. If you are interested in helping, please let me know.
Whenever we talk about security, we should also talk about hospitality. It’s important to have a balance between these two values. We know that the vast majority of people mean no harm. Welcoming everyone remains a priority here at St. Matt’s. Here again, training and support are critical, so that we know how best to reach out to people we don’t yet know. If interested in this ministry, please let me know.
One AED is in the back right corner of the church, near the literature racks. The other is behind the bar in the Social Hall. Extra credit: Do you know how to use them?
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!