Fire forces church services to move for the first time in 45 yea -

Fire forces church services to move for the first time in 45 years

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( - For the first time in its 45 year history Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church did not hold services in its main sanctuary.  A fire earlier this week caused such extensive damage to the office area that the smoke damage throughout the rest of the building made it too dangerous to hold services in the main sanctuary.

The church, which is located near North Hanley Road and Page Avenue, still held services on site.  They just had to move them to a different part of the building that did not suffer as much damage.

“We just need the community to be patient with us through this time and for those that can and will to pray for us as we go through this period,” Pastor E.G. Shields Jr said.

The church has had multiple offers to use other facilities to hold their weekly services but with more than 700 members officials said they really want to keep it on site if they can. 

“Trials, tribulations, tragedies don’t just keep us down.  We try to come back and look at the good in all the things that have happened,” Shields said.

The big question now becomes when Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church will be able to hold services in the main sanctuary again.

“I’m not sure.  We’re still going through the process.  We’ll be talking about that more next week.  It may take several months.  However long it takes we’re committed as a people of faith to continue to worship and stay together,” Shields said.

A worker was hospitalized in critical condition during the fire from smoke inhalation.  The pastor had no update on that worker’s condition.

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