When I visited a new church two years ago and talked to one of the welcoming group I discussed that I work weird hours and may not always attend regularly. (At that point I was a Social Care Advisor here at the USCCA and worked a bunch of weird hours.) The gentleman I was talking with asked me what I did. I told him and I told him who I worked for. As he replied to me, he patted his four o’clock and said that the church was always happy to have people who believe in defending themselves in church and would welcome me at any time. He went on to say that he knew a lot of people who had similar beliefs in the church and they shared my passion - and again patted his four o’clock with a smile on his face.
I’m sure not everyone in the church would share our views on carrying in church and he was being sensitive to their feelings while letting me know that I was very welcome to carry.
Does your house of worship have a safety team? Do you carry while attending service? Does the church (synagogue, temple,…) allow carrying and appreciate the fact you carry?