MAYFIELD, Ky. – The first Christian church in downtown Mayfield has been completely destroyed, leaving parishioners to pray in a parking lot service on December 12.
A week later, parishioners were able to organize their Sunday service at Mayfield Elementary School. The church has received over $ 100,000 in monetary donations to rebuild their church and create new memories.
Attending the first Christian church has a new look every Sunday. The church is working on creating a more permanent place to call her home, but for now she is to worship in any place with a roof over her head. Dr Milton West has been the church’s senior minister since 2019.
“If you are in mourning and I know you are.” Your emotions about the church, and not just that, but our city are going to be everywhere, they really are, ”West said.
On December 12, Chief Minister Dr Milton West led the parishioners for the parking service, it was touching for all who came. A week later, the service takes place at Mayfield Elementary School, a building that many parishioners have not been to since elementary school. Mary-Beth Pittman has been a First Christian Church parishioner since she was a baby. She is now a deacon of the church. Pittman lost his home in tornado EF-4 and now lives with his cousin.
“I’m a very emotional person about this stuff, having lost everything I had. But I know I have a loving pastor and his wife, ”Pittman said.
Churches across the United States have called to ask West how much money is needed to rebuild, even some remote from Indiana.
“And I don’t think there is a right answer to that question, so I said I didn’t have an answer. He said 10,000 would be OK? I said what would you like us to do with it? He said do with it what the Lord asks you to do. Some of the money we got we have to give to tornado control in our area, which our leaders are going to sit down and figure out. A lot of the building has to be rebuilt, ”West said.
Attending church service in a building that is not your church triggered a lot of emotions for parishioners as it was the second Sunday since the tornado hit. Many parishioners lived near the church, which reminds them of the devastation every day.
“I was afraid to come to the service last Sunday because I had been there twice. They say three times is a charm and it wasn’t a charm to me, so I went to my cousin’s church. I didn’t really want to go out, but they made me go out and do something, ”Pittman said.
Mayfield First Christian Church is asking parishioners if they have any damage to their homes to notify ministers so they can be of assistance.