Alabama churches gather despite storm damage - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Alabama churches gather despite storm damage

Phil Campbell Church of God members sing hymns on the slab where their church once sat. Phil Campbell Church of God members sing hymns on the slab where their church once sat.
The members of Mamre Baptist gather using storm damage for lighting. The members of Mamre Baptist gather using storm damage for lighting.

A church in Phil Campbell, Alabama will not even let a tornado stop their church service. To the members of Phil Campbell Church of God in Franklin County, a church building is not even necessary for a church service.

On Sunday, May 1st, the church gathered in the place where their church building had stood only five days prior. The building was totally destroyed in the bout of tornadoes that tore through the state on Wednesday, April 27th when an EF-5 went right over the church. The only thing reminder of the building was the numerous piles of debris and the concrete slab where it formerly sat.

During the service, Pastor Chris Burns declared "Last week, we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, we celebrate the resurrection of Phil Campbell, Alabama."

Several churches across Alabama found themselves dealing with the same circumstances. Mountain Brook Community Church also held church outside on Sunday. The church building there suffered some damage from the early morning rounds of storm on Wednesday. On Sunday morning, MBCC offered a service in the parking lot and asked families to only bring one vehicle due to the limited parking.

The big issues that pastors are focusing on are God's love and that the crisis has brought a new unity to the people of Alabama. As Pastor Burns put it: "Today we are not Phil Campbell Church of God, we are the Phil Campbell Church."

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