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Church members and leaders receive training on how to react during a mass shooting

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. – A church is supposed to be a safe place, but recent events have proved that violence can happen anywhere.

Thursday night the Camden County Sheriff Office in North Carolina held a training session for church members and church leaders.

It’s a stomach-turning scene witnessed time and time again in cities throughout the United States: Shots fired, mass chaos and law enforcement rushing the scene to eliminate the threat.

Mass shootings have been seen at concerts, clubs, schools and even churches.

Pastor Wayne Wood leads the Wesley United Methodist Church in Old Trap, North Carolina.

“Even though overall it’s very small, everybody in the community knows everybody, still it could happen,” said Wood.

Thursday Wood attended the training session hosted by Chief Deputy of Camden County Sheriff Office Rodney Meads.

“Fifteen years ago, who would have ever thought this would be a subject that we needed to cover,” said Meads.

He stressed to a handful

Read more at: http://wtkr.com/2018/01/11/church-members-and-leaders-get-trained-on-how-to-react-during-a-mass-shooting/

Church members and leaders get trained on how to react during a mass shooting

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. – A church is supposed to be a safe place, but recent events have proved that violence can happen anywhere.

Thursday night the Camden County Sheriff Office in North Carolina held a training session for church members and church leaders.

It’s a stomach-turning scene witnessed time and time again in cities throughout the United States: Shots fired, mass chaos and law enforcement rushing the scene to eliminate the threat.

Mass shootings have been seen at concerts, clubs, schools and even churches.

Pastor Wayne Wood leads the Wesley United Methodist Church in Old Trap, North Carolina.

“Even though overall it’s very small, everybody in the community knows everybody, still it could happen,” said Wood.

Thursday Wood attended the training session hosted by Chief Deputy of Camden County Sheriff Office Rodney Meads.

“Fifteen years ago, who would have ever thought this would be a subject that we needed to cover,” said Meads.

He stressed to a handful

Read more at: http://wtkr.com/2018/01/11/church-members-and-leaders-get-trained-on-how-to-react-during-a-mass-shooting/

Firetruck brings boy shot in Texas church massacre home from hospital

A little boy who was shot in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church massacre arrived home today — riding through town on a firetruck — after more than two months in the hospital.

PHOTO: Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward takes his ride home in a firetruck after his release from the hospital, Jan. 11, 2018.University Health System
Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward takes his ride home in a firetruck after his release from the hospital, Jan. 11, 2018.

On Nov. 5, a gunman stormed the rural First Baptist Church, leaving 26 dead, according to police, who have included an unborn child in the death count. The attack was deemed the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

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In wake of mass shooting, small church bands together at Christmas …

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX (KSAT/CNN) – Less than two months after a deadly mass shooting, the community of Sutherland Springs came together for a traditional Christmas Eve service.

Twenty-six people were killed when a gunman opened fire on the congregation on Nov. 5. But that tragedy has not dampened the spirit of churchgoers. The Sunday service was filled with emotion, hugging, holding hands and praying. The congregation is still living with the memories of the day that changed their world.

“Where the shooter parked that day, because when I first looked out over my husband’s shoulder, I saw that and his vehicle there,” said church member Kathleen Curno, who lives with her husband across the street from the church. “That’s what’s hard for me.”

With so many members of their small church now gone, these are difficult days. But they say Pastor Frank Pomeroy expressed the town’s faith perfectly when he said, “Sutherland Springs

Read more at: http://www.wtxl.com/news/in-wake-of-mass-shooting-small-church-bands-together-at/article_c4d03ef8-ea19-11e7-9d36-0b9cd844dc04.html

In wake of mass shooting, small church bands together at Christmas

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX (KSAT/CNN) – Less than two months after a deadly mass shooting, the community of Sutherland Springs came together for a traditional Christmas Eve service.

Twenty-six people were killed when a gunman opened fire on the congregation on Nov. 5. But that tragedy has not dampened the spirit of churchgoers. The Sunday service was filled with emotion, hugging, holding hands and praying. The congregation is still living with the memories of the day that changed their world.

“Where the shooter parked that day, because when I first looked out over my husband’s shoulder, I saw that and his vehicle there,” said church member Kathleen Curno, who lives with her husband across the street from the church. “That’s what’s hard for me.”

With so many members of their small church now gone, these are difficult days. But they say Pastor Frank Pomeroy expressed the town’s faith perfectly when he said, “Sutherland Springs

Read more at: http://www.wtxl.com/news/in-wake-of-mass-shooting-small-church-bands-together-at/article_c4d03ef8-ea19-11e7-9d36-0b9cd844dc04.html

How a Texas Couple Who Lost Eight Family Members In Church Shooting Is Coping During Christmas

The Holcombe family planned to celebrate Christmas at Bryan and Karla Holcombe’s house, where they would exchange gag gifts with other members of this large Texas family.

Instead, Joe and Claryce Holcombe will host Christmas at their home after eight members of their extended family — including Bryan and Karla — were killed in the Nov. 5 mass shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.

“It’ll be different of course,” Bryan’s 86-year-old father, Joe Holcombe, tells PEOPLE.

“There will be a big hole in our family,” he continues. “It will be like always except there will be a void where there used to be eight people.”

Along with Bryan, 60, and the Holcombe’s daughter-in-law Karla, 58, Holcombe’s grandson Marc, 36 — known as Danny — was killed, as was granddaughter-in-law Crystal, 36, and the child she was expecting next year, as well as four of Holcombe’s great-grandchildren: Noah Holcombe, 17 months, Greg Hill,

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/sutherland-springs-mass-shooting-holcombe-family-coping-christmas/

Rapides Parish church safety meeting in response to Texas mass shooting

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – It’s been a little more than a month since a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more.

Source: KALB

That day is still affecting many, including churches and their pastors. And it’s leading communities to prepare, just in case.

We’ve already seen many communities like Vernon Parish and Grant Parish take part in this movement. On Tuesday night, Rapides Parish followed suit.

Local pastors and law enforcement gathered at Homewood Baptist Church to discuss how they want to assure safety in churches.

Sheriff William Earl Hilton said he believes in the run, hide, fight method.

“So we need to protect everyone that is in the church,” said Sheriff Hilton. “And let us do our job. Homeland Security, FEMA, everybody that deals with these kind of issues, they

Read more at: http://www.kalb.com/content/news/Rapides-Parish-church-safety-meeting-in-response-to-Texas-mass-shooting-465329103.html

Rapides Parish church safety meeting in response to Texas mass …

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – It’s been a little more than a month since a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more.

Source: KALB

That day is still affecting many, including churches and their pastors. And it’s leading communities to prepare, just in case.

We’ve already seen many communities like Vernon Parish and Grant Parish take part in this movement. On Tuesday night, Rapides Parish followed suit.

Local pastors and law enforcement gathered at Homewood Baptist Church to discuss how they want to assure safety in churches.

Sheriff William Earl Hilton said he believes in the run, hide, fight method.

“So we need to protect everyone that is in the church,” said Sheriff Hilton. “And let us do our job. Homeland Security, FEMA, everybody that deals with these kind of issues, they

Read more at: http://www.kalb.com/content/news/Rapides-Parish-church-safety-meeting-in-response-to-Texas-mass-shooting-465329103.html

Tips for church leaders on how to deal with a mass shooting at a house of worship

At a recent training session for church leaders on how to deal with a mass gunman at a place of worship, experts at the Carroll County’s Sheriff’s Office in Maryland offered these tips:

• Organize a volunteer security team among parishioners. Ideally, the team would include people with a variety of experience in law enforcement, military, logistics and medical backgrounds to help come up with a safety and security plan.

• Install a security camera system.

• Give ushers radios and have them serve as watchdogs outside the church before services start.

• In older facilities, check that cellphones work in basements. Many older churches with stone walls don’t get good reception. Obtain amplifiers or other equipment to help make sure there are no dead zones for when emergency responders are trying to

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