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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.

 

 

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Emergency Operations

We have an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) in place to address emergency evaluations, lockdowns, severe weather, crisis communications, and required training.

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Conference Safety Training

As part of the Rio Texas Conference Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy, all clergy, staff, and volunteers in ministry with these populations must be certified every two years. 

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