Local churches talk security after Texas church shooting

Published: Nov. 12, 2017 at 7:32 PM EST
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Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's the first Sunday back at church after the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting that took the lives of more than 20 people.

Pastor Marc Trimm at the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer says the crowd was the same size if not bigger than normal for their 30th Anniversary, and inside MCC people gathered to worship.

Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer Pastor Marc Trimm-Bryant said, "We had a packed house, the events of Texas did not deter anyone from showing up, I was looking over our congregation we had a few more guests with it being our anniversary Sunday, but no one laid out this Sunday."

Only a week after the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting, many churches are making sure they are protected.

"There are certain things we do to ensure the safety and security of the church," said Pastor Trimm.

Reverend Lisa Heilig is the Resource Development Specialist for Metropolitan Community Churches.

She says there are a few guidelines churches can follow.

"Simple security things, you know our security experts have told us about making sure we have limited entrances, having folks that are actually trained to be watching out," said Heilig.

MCC of Our Redeemer follows the Georgia Law when it comes to concealed weapons.

"They have to have a legal weapon, they have to have a license and gone through training, and they have to prove it we don't allow just any concealed weapons on the premises," said Pastor Trimm.

But regardless of what has happened, it isn't going to keep people from going to church.

Fort Gordon Chaplin Mark Thompson said, "We can't let evil, overwhelm the good in the world so that's the important part."

"The definition of courage I love best is being afraid and doing it anyway and again it's because of the deep-seated faith and hope and knowing that love wins that we can stand up and say even if somebody else tries, there will be more of us and love will keep coming," said Heilig.

Pastor Trimm says congregants who want to carry, must run it by him or the Board of Directors first.