(CNN)– This wasn’t your average marriage rededication ceremony.
The event was led by Pastor Hyung Jin Moon at the controversial Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland.
Guns were zip-tied at the door and ammunition was not allowed in the church, WFMZ reported.It said the Wallenpaupack Area School District moved students of a nearby elementary school to other campuses‘Not in our town’
AR-15 semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapons used in a massacre that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school two weeks ago.
Protesters angered by what they described as the insensitivity and timing of the ceremony gathered in front of the church.
“We do not believe in guns in church. Not in our town,” Esther Clayton told WFMZ.
After the ceremony, residents held a vigil at the Pike County Courthouse to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
They carried signs with the words “Remember Parkland” as they read the names of the 17 victims, CNN affiliate WBRE reported.
Church member John Gidney, who traveled from West Virginia for the ceremony, said Christians need to arm themselves.
“The way the world is going today, it’s just a form of protection for us. We’re not out to harm anyone or cause any chaos or anything,” he told WFMZ.