Local Church Security Tested After Charleston Shooting

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DALLAS, TX- St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas opened its doors for Sunday service.

And the tragedy that struck in South Carolina may be far from home but members are still keeping their extended church family very close to their hearts.

“I didn`t know what to think about it I had to go to my mom and just cry about it as I was just so heartbroken about what happen,” church member, Faith Clever explained.

“It was very heartening for us to hear the news,” associate minister, Tre Pikes added.

It wasn`t just hearts that were broken within this tight knit church community...

“What happened in Charleston could happen in Dallas,” Senior Pastor Richie Butler preached.

Their faith in the church`s security system was also tested.

“It woke us up in a way where when we come to church we keep our eyes open cause this is suppose to be a sacred place,” Pike said.

“That does not make me feel that we should add security to the church in fact it really makes me feel that we should be more fearless,” long time church member Robert Swann said.

Presence is key in calming everyone’s fears; especially in light of the dark tragedy that played out in Charleston.

If someone has bad intentions for people we want to make,” Sgt. Sheldon Smith with Dallas Police Department added. As an officer I want to make my presence known that I am here!

Here`s to hoping the power of prayer can keep the doors to this place of worship safe and secure.

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