February 6, 2020


Dear Friends:

There is much to say in this time of change – but at this point, I want to focus on security at Liberty.

Future Liberty Link emails will have more on transition! (Transition will also be the focus of our Congregational Meeting on February 23rd.)

As you are aware, the Session and its Security Committee have been taking many steps over the past year to enhance the safety of our congregation. In more than 200 years, Liberty has never had a security incident, and we want to ensure it stays that way!

At its January 29 meeting, the Session voted to implement two improvements to our campus security:

First, beginning as soon as possible, the church will hire a Delaware County deputy sheriff to provide security every Sunday. Connected with this change is the option that, on some weeks, we will need to hire a person supplied by a private security firm, since many churches are looking to hire sheriffs on Sunday mornings.

Second, we will continue to lock the entrance doors into the Barn once worship services have begun. However, we are making adjustments:

  • The doors will now be locked at 9:15 and 11:15 – five minutes later than our current practice.
  • Starting March 1st, there will be no door monitor at the Barn Lower Level entrance after 9:15 and 11:15. A sign will be posted on the BLL door stating: “In consideration of the church’s security, this door will be locked on Sundays from 15 minutes after worship begins. Please use the main entrance on the other side of the Barn.”
  • A Deacon or Elder will be at the main Barn entrance doors throughout the service.
  • This second change will be reviewed at the April Session and Deacon meetings to assess its effectiveness.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we seek to implement enhanced security measures at Liberty.

We apologize for the inconvenience but want to be as responsible as possible on Sunday mornings. Please also note that our Church School and Youth Room are locked down when classes are meeting, with strong safety measures already in place.

A special thanks to our Deacons, who have been a huge help in this process.

Serving Jesus with you,