SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – As a Summerville church celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, church leaders are grappling with how to move forward after a devastating fire.
A fire last week at the First Emmanuel Baptist Church destroyed the building’s sanctuary. Part of the roof of the building collapsed as crews worked to bring the fire under control.
“The pews are gone, the pulpit is gone, the piano is destroyed, the organ is destroyed, the PA system is gone,” said Pastor John Hill.
Cleaning crews are currently working on the community hall, where Hill said they hope to hold church services within the next three to four weeks once it is complete. For now, they are holding services in a tent next to the church.
“We are what the New Testament describes as a church, it’s a family,” Hill said. “If you come to our church, you are not a member of the church, you are part of our family. And I was beyond overwhelmed with how our people came together.
Her daughter, Lindy Hill, said the help from the community reminds her that there are good people out there.
“Having something like this happen reminds you that there are always good people out there who want to help you, who support you a bit, and it’s quite easy to forget that sometimes,” she said. declared.
Hill said he knew God was in charge and was excited to see what God was going to do.
“We are not discouraged,” he said. “Why would anyone be discouraged when you pray over and over again for God’s will to be done, and then something happens. How do you see this as a tragedy?
Hill said all are welcome to their Wednesday evening Bible study at 7 p.m. He also invites everyone to Sunday school and their Sunday morning worship, at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively. It will take place under their tent.
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