Church member’s car stolen during worship
Imagine leaving Sunday morning worship and finding that someone broke into your car — or stole it.
That’s what happened to members of the Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kan. During the church’s Oct. 3 worship — about 10:30 a.m. — Wichita police received a call that several cars had been broken into in the church parking lot. And one was missing entirely. A Lutheran church in the area also reported auto break-ins, WIBW.com reports.
I called the Northside church to confirm the story. A member there told me that break-ins are not common, but the church likely will address the problem with a security camera — or a SWAT team.
Has your church experienced problems with auto break-ins? How did you address the problem?
FeedbackAt Saturn Rd. Church of Christ in Garland, TX where I attend, we have safety teams who walk the parking lots and monitor the inside and outside of the church buildings from windows and a video monitor. Several teams take turns, rotating about every 6 weeks, serving all events on Sunday, and on Wednesday night. Some of us are older, which is fine. We carry two-way radios to communicate and watch for anything unusual in and out of the church buildings. Safety team members must attend a safety class and pass the background check. Members wear a name tag while on duty, and most will wear their Safety Team shirt with the church name and logo on the front. Typical comments are, “We sure feel safe with you watching out for us today!”Don TilleryOctober, 9 2010We at the church of Christ in Seabrook, N.H., experienced the same. This just happened in September. One of our elderly sisters’ cars was stolen from the parking lot not 20 feet from the front of the building right after services, as people were leaving morning worship. Praise God that it was found the next day. The steering column and ignition needed to be repaired. The thief left a fresh loaf of home-baked bread in the front seat.Bruce PierceOctober, 10 2010
The church was very supportive & helpful to restore what was damaged or stolen.