SARALAND, Ala. - Members of a Saraland congregation held their first worship service Sunday morning, exactly one week after fire destroyed their 20-year-old church. The pastor says with god's help, and the community's support, they will rebuild.
The congregation brought in chairs and tables. It was perfect weather for an outdoor service this morning. Members of Celeste Road Baptist were determined not to left last weeks fire stop their worship service. Last week they met inside the church.
"As we were trying to prepare to do something in the parking lot, we figured out that everything we needed to do a service in the parking lot was in the church when it burned," Rev. Holmes said.
Police tape surrounded the building which is filled with rubble from the fire that burned for hours.
Pastor Eddie Holmes was prepared for a meeting with lots of joy and sadness.
"With all the people that are coming here today, the memories that are with it it's going to be very difficult for a lot of people. We are trusting God to get us through it, and we're looking forward to a new beginning, a new start," he said.
And the pastor said many in the community have come forward to help with the new start.
"The outcome has been wonderful, and the people of this area really do seem to care about the church and their going to be here to support us and we're really proud of that," the pastor said.
Church members like Bert Hart agree.
"It's always good to have support from the community and it's just a great feeling to have people standing behind you wanting to help," Hart said.
Fire investigators have still not determined the cause of the fire but, the insurance process is underway and the pastor says it time to start thinking about building a new church.
"We have no plans right now, we're just going to have to do a lot of praying and seeking God will for the future for us," Rev. Holmes said.
The baptist association is sending a portable sanctuary for the church to use. It's expected to arrive Monday.
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