Easter Sunday Safety Considerationsplanning ahead // on Thursday March 23, 2017
Easter is less than a month away, and many churches are beginning to plan their annual Easter Sunday services. During this planning, one of the most important things to consider is the number of people who will be in attendance.
Easter Sunday services are among the highest-attended services of the year. With the increased number of attendees, safety should be a top priority. Keep the following pointers in mind.
Review your safety plan. Take a moment to revisit the safety plan you have established for your church. Review all procedures with your staff and volunteers to make sure that they know how to respond in the event of an emergency.
Have a plan. With so many people in attendance, it's especially important to make sure that you have a game plan for the day – and that this plan is clearly communicated to staff and volunteers. Here are some details to consider:
- Will you allow people to roam the facility or will you close off certain parts (e.g., church offices, classrooms, the gym or cafeteria)?
- What time will the services start?
- When will you start letting people in?
- Which doors will you allow people to enter through?
- Do you have enough seating available?
Know your maximum occupancy. Going over this number can pose a risk in the event of an emergency and can make for a squished, uncomfortable service.
Tip - Consider setting up overflow seating in a gym or fellowship hall with live video feeds of the services on TVs or projectors. This will allow more people to attend your service, without it being a safety risk.
Step up security. The increased attendance also increases the potential threat of crime and violence, so make sure appropriate security measures are in place. Check out our post 4 Ways to Step Up Security at Holiday Events for ways to do that.
Additionally, if you plan to host an Easter egg hunt for the youngest members of your congregation, check out this infographic for pointers on a safe – and fun – event.