Church safety seminars to be held

GRAFTON—Individuals and organizations are teaming up to take a stand against the growing threat of violence in church settings.

With a rise in the number of church shootings, many churches are evaluating how their facilities stand on security. One local resident set out to organize events that would help teach congregations and ministers what to do in the event of an attack on their service.

Eric Swick, sensei and former security personnel realizes the importance of preparing yourself mentally for situation that can cause emotions to run high. To do so, he is on a mission to help churches make safety a priority by providing free security training through a Full Armor of God platform.

When most people hear the Full Armor of God, they think of the metaphor in the Bible that calls Christians to arm themselves with the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Gospel of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit.

Although much different, this armor will help hopefully help protect parishioners.

The Full Armor of God platform will focus on church safety and security through the establishment of a church security team, emergency response planning, lockdown procedures, response to an active shooting and self-defense training.

The training is being provided free for area churches and their congregations.

In conjunction with the Full Armor of God seminar, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department would like to offer a no cost Stop the Bleed class.

The Stop the Bleed campaign focuses on learning life saving measures that can be taken in the event of a serious bleeding event. During the class, participants will learn three quick actions to help control serious bleeding.

According to, most Stop the Bleed courses last no more than 90 minutes, and a formal presentation is followed by hands-on practice of applying direct pressure, packing a wound, and using a tourniquet to stop bleeding.

An active shooting scenario affects an entire community, and these are just a couple programs that will be in available to residents to help address some of the issues that accompany these horrific events.

For more information on Stop the Bleed, please contact the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department at 304-265-1288.

To register for the Armor of God training seminar or for those with questions, please contact Eric Swick on Facebook, or by phone at 304-669-6086.


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