Why wouldn't you carry to church? A lot of EDC stuff would be just as useful in a building with people in it that were there for religious reasons, just the same as if they were in a building for commercial or recreational purposes. A lot of the tool, repair, light, and even minor first aid things fit in at church the same as they do in an office or on a bus. I don't carry my laptop bag and everything else, but my pocket contents are pretty much the same as if it were any other day. I don't carry my office keys unless I have to go by the office for something. As far as carrying a sidearm, same logic applies. Churches are open to people. People have personal failings. Sometimes that leads them to do not-so-nice things. In addition, some people have decided to target religious gatherings, for whatever reason. Wedgwood Baptist Church was a rather large shooting nearby to where I live. Google will find many, many cases in the US of shootings at churches. Those are still rare and unique, but they do happen. When it comes to my family I'm more worried about the stakes than the odds. If you want to think that just because I may be involved in a religious activity I am supposed to present an undefended target to a potential aggressor or stand idly by while someone may do harm to another innocent person just because they are involved in the same all under some kind of misguided and mistaken concept of total passivity, you're wrong and I see absolutely no basis to do so in my religious teachings. If you get that message from yours, I'll accept that. A shepherd's crook was for more than just an interesting prop to add some quaintness to an Old Testament illustration: it served a purpose of defending the flock. I understand those that don't chose to carry in church, and that is fine with me. At the same time I would like the exact same consideration back. I'm not going in to church loaded for bear, but I'm not completely disarmed either. Part of this is admittedly because of my line of work, but I can completely understand a private citizen being armed at church.