Personal Safety In and Around the Church
The church is a vital part of our community and assists ‘community cohesion’ in our parish.
Churches should be open because they are there for the community, this is why Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton is open from 7 in the morning until 6 in the evening, for prayer, quiet contemplation and discovery. Churches, however, are not immune from people who use violence for their own ends.
Violence in a church always seems to be more shocking than in other places because churches are meant to be areas of calm, reverence and an escape from the woes of the world.
The risk of physical violence within churches is very small, but it does happen. Any building that is open to the public is at risk of someone entering who may use violence.
Just because it doesn’t happen often, doesn’t mean we should ignore the problem. All churches have fire extinguishers, but very few have had a fire. So we now have a safety policy displayed on the noticeboard for lone workers in the church. If you are going to be working in the church alone please familiarise yourself with it, but here are three basic rules for you to follow:-
- Always inform someone (friend or family) if you intend to be in church alone.
- Keep your mobile phone on your person.
- If you feel in any way threatened, walk out of the church and seek help outside.