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Small church in Madison County doesn't plan to increase security

Moving forward, Marsha Collier wants to see the smaller churches come together.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017 5:17 PM
Updated: Nov. 12, 2017 6:23 PM

Today marks one week since a gunman opened fire on the congregation at First Baptist Church in Sutherlands Springs, Texas killing 26 people.

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In the Tennesse Valley, that shooting was on worshipers minds today as they went to church.

At Big Cove Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Owens Cross Roads, the pastor said they have an alarm system.

Despite that, they don't want too many changes.

Marsha Collier has always attended smaller churches. She's never thought about security until the shooting last week.

"Now it's a question of what can we do. As a small church, what can we do?" church member Marsha Collier said.

Collier understands most larger churches have the resources to beef up security.

She believes rural churches can still do the same thing.

"Parking lot patrol. Just have the ushers inside come outside to check the parking lot to see if there's anything suspicious," Collier said.

Pastor Curtis Strong said since the shooting, they've locked more doors and have been more aware of their surroundings.

"We got to trust God. We can't change what we do. We allow the lord to change people. We can't change people," Pastor Curtis Strong said.

Moving forward, Collier wants to see the smaller churches come together.

"There are several small churches here that we can all bounce ideas off of to see how we can secure our churches better," Collier said.

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