Providing a safe and secure place to worship
First United Methodist Church of Austin exists to build a community where all people are invited to know God’s love and sent to join God in transforming the world. To accomplish this, we must strive to provide a safe and secure place of worship for all congregants and protect sensitive populations, including children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Below are some programs and policies that support church safety.
- On Sunday mornings, an armed, off-duty police officer is present in our Sanctuary Foyer and surrounding areas. As a gun-free campus, our armed police officer is the only person onsite that should be carrying a concealed handgun.
- Our ushers, pastors, and onsite police officer are trained to recognize signs of unsafe behavior.
- Our congregation is encouraged to report any concerns directly to a head usher or the police officer. If you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to let someone know.
- All children, youth, and vulnerable adults undergo background checks and safety training every two years.