Diocese Offers New Resources for Keeping Churches Safe from Violence


May we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life rest in your eternal changelessness...

                                                (Adapted from the service of Compline, The Book of Common Prayer)
Many of the people who come to our churches do so to find rest in God when the chaos of the world, the "changes and chances," intrudes on their lives. In a world where violence seems to invade our sanctuaries all too often, it is important that all of us be prepared for that unlikely yet real possibility that it could visit our own congregation. The diocesan staff has gathered resources that our congregations may access to help provide for a more secure environment. We hope the information below will be helpful you as you seek to carry out your ministry, trusting that we can rest in God's eternal changelessness.

Getting Started

The Diocese of Virginia suggests seven key areas to focus on when addressing violence prevention.

Parish Planning Template

 A useful template for completing your church's emergency preparedness plan.

Active Shooter Response

A quick reference guide from U.S. Department of Homeland Security available in English, Spanish and Korean.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Rev. Pete Gustin or the Rev. Deacon Dan Wilmoth, team co-chairs of the Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force.