Cobb church opens chapel for local cops, first responders

A Cobb County church has opened its doors to law enforcement officers and first responders who may need a place to take a pit stop or a grab a few refreshments for the road.

Christ Episcopal Church at 1210 Wooten Lake Road in Kennesaw has set aside room for its St. Michael Law Enforcement and First Responder Chapel. A ribbon cutting will be held at noon Sunday, Sept. 29 at the church. That will be preceded with a special celebration during the church’s 10:30 a.m. service. The public is invited to attend both ceremonies.

Father Ben Day, who also is the chaplain for the Kennesaw Police Department, said today’s climate towards law enforcement may lead police officers to “feel uncomfortable” using public restrooms.

“There’s been a level of antagonism in our community towards police officers,” he said, adding the place will give cops a place of “peacefulness” when they are on breaks.

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The chapel is adorned with tables, chairs, drinks and snacks. Day said he initially reached out to officers and deputies from surrounding agencies, including Cobb, Kennesaw State University, city of Kennesaw and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. However, the chapel will be open to all officers and first responders.

Day said the church’s initiative aligns with its core values, which is to be in service to the community.

“We have the opportunity to serve them with a place of sanctuary and respite,” he said.

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