As a community of faith, we strive at Christ Church to practice Christian hospitality so that all might find a place where they belong and can experience the boundless love of God. In our current world, an important part of hospitality is providing a safe environment for people to love, grow, and serve together. Each week at our Holden Road campus, more than 1,000 people walk through our doors—and around 500 of those are children and youth. Their safety is of the utmost importance.
For the past six months, the Security Task Force—made up of staff, Trustees, and church members with relevant experience—has been consulting with experts and working to develop strategies for our Holden Road campus that balance safety and hospitality. (The process is ongoing, and Glenwood will be a consideration moving forward.) In the first major phase of security upgrades as a part of the goals of the Boundless Initiative, the Trustees have added hardware to many of our primary entrances that allows for keypad access and scheduling of when doors are unlocked. The Security Task Force and Trustees have also developed a set of policies to guide the management of these doors. These policies will take effect at the Holden Road campus on September 9.
On Sundays, primary doors will be open during set times to allow entrance for worship and Sunday School, then locked when those areas of the facility are no longer in use. Some lesser used doors will be locked and traffic redirected to another nearby door. The goal is for no door to be left unlocked and unobserved. Refer to posted signage over the coming weeks to help you adjust to the new flow. For the majority of people, this won’t affect your Sunday rhythm.
On weekdays during business hours (M-Th, 9-4 and F, 9-1), you’re encouraged to use the Main Entrance facing Holden Road. When there are scheduled activities (Bible studies, etc.), these doors will be unlocked. If they are locked, the volunteer at the Connection Point desk or the office staff will be glad to let you in using the intercom near the door.
On weekdays after business hours and on Saturdays, doors will be locked. Any regular groups using the space will be given a group-specific code allowing access to the areas they use. During special events, appropriate doors will be unlocked.
Preschool and afterschool ministries will continue using their current entrances and will issues codes that allow families and teachers access during program hours.
A general church code will allow leaders, volunteers, and members access to the church during other times, with the exclusion of the preschool and afterschool areas during their operating hours. While, for security purposes, we won’t publish these codes in public communications, we will share them so that all who need access to the facility outside of Sundays and business hours will have it.