SOUTH MONTROSE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – A local community that was devastated after a fire destroyed their church, gathered on Sunday to pick up the pieces.
Eyewitness News spoke to members who are keeping their faith during a temporary move. Despite a fire that destroyed the building, members say service must continue.
They still decided to have Sunday service again. This time it was outside a member’s farm.
“It’s a new experience for all of us. It will be new growth. And you know that new growth is always good and maybe it will attract more people and people will see our faith in the way we are rebuilding, ”said church member John Vandermark.
Pastor Laura Kincaid says they’ve already had so many people and organizations to lend a hand.
“We have received so much support from the local community. We are very grateful to the firefighters and everyone who showed their support and help. And by just trusting God, we know things will be okay, ”said Pastor Kincaid.
Those who have come to church all their lives are sad to see it disappear.
“It was like sincere, your heart sank. You just knew it wouldn’t be good, ”church member Paula Remington said.
Surveillance cameras from the gas station across the street show lightning hitting the church before it catches fire. Everyone is grateful that the fire happened when no one was there.
“We are the church, not the building, but we are the church and God will be with us all the way,” church member Mary Logue said.
“Nobody is dead, we can do that again. You know we are the people and God is with us. It will be good again, ”said Remington.
They still don’t know where the next service will be, but Vandermark says they’re always welcome at his farm.