Sheriff Jay L. Brooks and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office are planning a series of seminars addressing security concerns for local churches.
The first event is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 at Cheraw Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall. Space is limited, so each congregation is asked to designate one church leader to attend this seminar.
While rare, acts of violence do occur at churches, Brooks said. Some think it won’t happen here or if it does, it won’t affect them. Others may think it won’t be that bad, Brooks said, and if it is, they may think there’s nothing to be done about it.
Brooks said most churches are unprepared for a violent event or its aftermath. By taking personal responsibility for the safety of your church, Brooks tells church leaders, you will have done the best thing possible to prevent a violent incident from occurring.
Job 11: 18-20 tells us we are to feel safe and secure and those who want to harm will fail, Brooks notes.
Psalm 4:8 states that in God’s peace, we can dwell in safety.
For more information on the Dec. 3 seminar, call the sheriff’s office at 843-623-2101.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office provided information for this story.