[quote="PhilotheaZ, post:3, topic:182044"]
Unfortunately, for security reasons most churches cannot keep their doors unlocked 24/7 anymore.
I used to need to go and pray after work, after the hours the church was normally locked. Sometimes one of the priests was in the church praying privately, and he would let me in. But this was hit-or-miss. So after a while I asked my pastor if he would give me a key, and he did so. If you think this will be a frequent "need" for you, you might ask your pastor what you can do. (Or if you are fortunate enough to have a Perpetual Adoration Chapel nearby, that would be another option.)
I know how you feel. There are times when I just need my "Jesus fix"!
I started reading this thread & thought of this!!
Usually it is the insurance company, the fire department, and/or the police who make the requirement for churches to be locked.
But if you ask your pastor, you may well be able to get a key, as long as you are faithful about re-locking. My (Methodist) pastor says that if he had his way, the church (& all the other churches!!) would be open for prayer, but pastors are often :(outvoted by legal & safety issues....However, there are sure to be others who will let you have a key. (Can you tell that:) I have one?)