"You are the light of the world. In the same way, let your light shine before others,so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven."- Matthew 5:14,16
A NOTE FROM PASTOR ART
Safety and Security
Your Session began to discuss Safety and Security matters midsummer, after the murders at Emanuel AME church. Then all of us were shaken to learn that our own church member was attacked into unconsciousness on our church campus on a sunny Saturday morning.
In July Session appointed a Temporary Committee on Safety and Security which reported several recommendations to the August Session meeting. You will hear more about steps to make our campus and building safe and secure. I highlight three of them here.
First. Buddy System. Session requests that persons who come on our campus and into our buildings, by yourself, change your habits toward having a “buddy” come with you, to assure your safety. You can always dial 9-1-1 if you ever feel unsafe at church.
Second. CHURCH NURSERY SECURITY Our church has had policies in place for several years to assure that our campus and buildings are safe places for children and youth. Session decided in October that one area needs additional safe-keeping: our children’s nursery. Effective immediately, the double doors at the west end of the main hallway, the doors next to the men’s room and nursery, those double doors are to be locked and remain locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Session hopes that people who have been accustomed to using this door as an entry will be willing to change habits in the interest of keeping our youngest children in a safe environment. Of course those doors will continue to have panic bars for emergency exit.
Third. Churches have always been a source of assistance to the needy. That’s a good thing. While we want to help meet the needs of our neighbors, we want to do this in ways that are safe for children, youth, and adults on our campus.
Session has approved guidance called “CAN THIS CHURCH HELP ME?” It has been mailed to all members with the November Newsletter. Please read it and see what your elected elders believe to be a faithful and safe response to neighbors in need. Session will have this guidance posted soon inside all building exits.
Yes, I remember when churches kept their sanctuaries unlocked so anyone could enter for meditation and prayer. Sadly, those days are gone with the 1950s. Please help us make our church a place that welcomes the stranger and the needy, yet is a safe and secure place for all
Grace and Peace -- Pastor Art
Thank you to all of those that support the food pantry. See Monthly News & Updates page of this website for current needs.
Posted Oct 3, 2015, 10:51 AM by YPPC Admin
Meetings are scheduled Sunday evenings at 6:30pm on the second floor of the Ministry Center.
Posted Mar 31, 2015, 6:58 PM by YPPC Admin
Youth Ministry Meetings
Restoration Church has a weekly Youth Ministry meeting Thursdays at 6:00pm on the second floor of the YPPC Ministry Center. YPPC youth are also invited to attend.
Posted Mar 31, 2015, 6:55 PM by YPPC Admin