As we move into summer mode, the staff takes time to review the past year - looking at our accomplishments, and our future challenges. We will be doing just this on Tuesday, so please keep us in your prayers.
All of us at Transfiguration face the challenge of security. A recent "Church Security Survey", completed for us by Samuel Farina, Fairport Chief of Police, recommended several security improvements to Transfiguration. Chief Farina was assisted by parishioners Devon VanVechten and Jim Walsh, who have stepped forward to take the lead on implementing our safety protocol.
We are considered a “soft target” and we are taking their safety recommendations very seriously. It will take time to implement some the recommendations and some will be implemented soon; we will do our best to keep you informed as we move ahead. The Pastoral Council has already reviewed them; the Finance Council and Buildings & Grounds Committee are aware of the recommendations. Please find below a partial list of the security recommendations.
As part of the preparation for any emergency at the Church, a formal policy should be developed in the event of the need for an evacuation, a lockdown, a lockout, and/or shelter-in-place. In addition, a protocol for addressing a person who attempts to disrupt a church service should be developed and practiced by the team of ushers. Training for ushers and assistance with developing these protocols can be performed by the local police department or off-duty officers, who are members of the congregation.
I find it unfortunate that I have to share this report with you, but it is a reflection of the reality of the world we live in and your safety is of utmost importance.
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,