For some it may seem a little strange, but having the Student Ministries Center across the street from the main church campus has meant that our ministry often has a “drive-thru” style when it comes to parents, especially with drop-off and pick-up.
Similar to the local middle school, when parents drop off their 5th-8th graders for weekend services or special events, they basically pull under the entry, let their kids out, and pull away. Pick up is just the opposite.
It works because these students are old enough to check themselves in when they enter the building and able to know whether or not to get into a vehicle that pulls up to pick them up.
For some families, it has been even more convenient in that students have been able to walk from the main campus to the Student Ministries Center (SMC) before service and go back after service. We know this has been a huge help for those who volunteer in various ministries, especially the children’s ministries.
Improving Safety: Officer Present
In the world we live in, we have to be extra careful in public spaces like schools and churches to keep everyone safe. We have done this in the SMC by locking doors 30 minutes after services start and not unlocking them until right before service is over.
However, as some of you may have noticed, we have recently stepped up our safety procedures. You will now notice a police car parked in our parking lot or just outside our entrance, though sometimes it may be unmarked. Inside, we have an off-duty uniformed officer present now throughout our entire service.
This is part of our partnership with MPCC’s Safety Ministry to make sure our students and leaders are safe. So far, for most students, this has not changed things for them as so many are used to uniformed officers in and around their schools.
We want to make sure parents know this measure was not taken due to any known threats or issues. This is purely a preventative measure to ensure the continued safety of students and leaders in our ministries at the SMC. (much like you see on MPCC’s main campus)
Improving Safety: After Service Policy
We are now making some changes in our after service policy to help increase safety from a preventative measure. We know this will mean changes to some of your routines. But we hope you will see the value in these changes in increasing safety for all students, especially your own children.