Disaster Preparedness in the Local Church. Distribute this resource to your congregation's moderator, deacons, property/buildings committee, finance committee, Christian education, missions/outreach, and your church members.
Our church is our sanctuary, but it is not immune to realities of our world. In the disaster world language it’s called ‘active shooter.’ In most churches the only ones who can observe who is coming into worship is the pastor in the pulpit, maybe the choir from the loft, and possibly the greeters or deacons at the door. Most of the congregation is facing the other direction. But there are resources to consult:
Local Church Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Guide, from the United Church of Christ
Backpack Emergency Cards - Have a blessing of the backpacks and fill out emergency cards in church
While we all know that the church is not a building, the loss of your building due to fire is often devastating for a congregation. Have a look at these resources as a first step toward protecting your church.
Religious Candle Safety, a new resource from the National Fire Protection Agency
Protecting our church buildings from fire, some items for your church safety checklist.