Local churches reflect on Sutherland Springs shooting
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
Local churches are reflecting on their safety procedures following the shooting in Sutherland Springs on Sunday.
"You have some people that they don’t care about church and God and our religious practices, they just look for an opportunity," said Bishop Jermaine Moore of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Feelings of remorse dwell inside empty sanctuaries everywhere following the shooting in Sutherland Springs.
Crossroads Christian Church Elder Curt Artman, describes it as heartbreaking.
"A lot of us go back to what took place at the eme church down south on the east coast it just really brought back some sad memories," Moore said.
Preachers and elders at local churches are thinking of their own church communities today
"Twenty-seven, twenty-eight people I think they said so far and it’s just heartbreaking,” Artman said.
But both Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Steubenville and Crossroads Christian Church in Wintersville have systems in place to protect.
"One of the first tings I did was initiate a security policy," Moore said.
Artman has safeguards throughout the church.
"We have people that are in the lobby, we have people that are outside, we have people that are sitting in various places in the congregation and everybody is watching at all times,” Artman said.
Moore has the same idea.
"There are several individuals in our congregation that are ready to respond to any situation that may come into our church,” Moore said.
And at both churches, not only do they watch, their security teams are trained. Crossroads told NEWS9 that their team is comprised of several dozen people.
"The training includes the test that the Ohio police officers take in order to qualify with their weapons,” Artman said. “If its good enough for the police officers of Ohio, it should pass for us."
Moore reflected on the reality that some people don’t think alike.
"I think a lot of times as Christians we become oblivious to the fact reality is reality, and although we have faith not everybody in the world thinks like we think,” Moore said.
But among the heartbreak and fear, an open door policy remains at both Crossroads and Mt. Zion.
"We want people to feel free to come in here,” Artman said. “We have an open door policy, but we watch the doors.”