A church is almost finished picking up the pieces after a tornado destroyed it two years ago.
First Baptist Church of Collinsville will have service in their own sanctuary soon. An EF-2 tornado tore through Collinsville, leaving First Baptist Church in pieces. Even though the church was destroyed, members say it was God’s plan all along.
“We look at it this way, it was destroyed because God wanted us outside these walls,” says Bill and Committee Chairman Billy Allen. “He wanted us to be a better servant for the community and help the community out.”
Although First Baptist hasn’t had its own house to worship in, they’ve gained 100 members.
“No way did we think we would be where we are, in the building that we are,” says Allen.
This new church has all the different ministries in the same building. It was built to last for the next several decades as the church grows.
“Our sanctuary will hold around 700 people, including the choir,” says Allen.
But as the church continues to grow over the years, the sanctuary walls can be moved back to make more space.
“We’ve got plenty of room for expansion. All we have to do is grow and we can expand when we grow,” says Allen.
The back of the church is actually where the front door is, giving the church room to expand, if needed. That’s where God’s plan comes in. The old church was running out of room because the ministries were spread all over the lot.
“Now, we are where we are, in the location we are. It’s just great,” says Allen. “No way would we have thought we’d be where we are.”
The church didn’t want to tell us when they’ll have their first service in the new church because they plan to surprise all the members, Sunday, with the opening date.
Source: ABC Newscenter 11
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