It has been said that the only thing that is constant is change. Well, I want to let you know of several changes that are taking place here at Eastgate.
First, you need to know that these changes are for security reasons. Second, you need to know that there will be more of these type of changes coming in the near future.
For now, though, you need to know that all of the external doors to the church building (that open out, excluding the main entrance for now) now have panic bars on them. You also should know that several of these doors now do NOT have door knobs on the outside. This means that when you exit, you will not be able to get back into the building without walking around the outside to the main entrance.
You also need to be aware that, on days when there is a fellowship meal (Agape Sunday, Family Life Groups, etc.) the door to the kitchen and the door to the fellowship room will be unlocked before Bible Class and then locked five minutes after class starts. When there is roughly 10 minutes left in class, they will be unlocked again and five minutes after worship services begin, they will be locked.
So if you arrive on Sunday morning between 9:50 and 10:20, you’ll need to use the main entrance. If you need assistance, someone will be in the foyer to help carry your food to the fellowship room.
Why are we making these changes? Again, it is for security reasons. Is there a problem with security at the church building? No, but we are seeking to be proactive rather than reactive.
We are consulting with a number of security professionals about additional changes. Please know that while the elders and deacons trust in God to protect us, they also understand that stewardship (proper use of the blessings God provides us with - including our church property and even our very lives) is very important. And protecting those blessings is equally important.