Florida Church Using Sanctuary Fire to Bless Its Community

BARTOW, Fla. (BP) – The scorched remains of the sanctuary, buckled roof and blackened pews serve as a backdrop for the sign outside of Main Street Baptist Church in Bartow that reads, “God is Still God and God is Still Good.”

The church is hoping some good can rise from the ashes of its ruined sanctuary – including mental health assistance for the community and even help for the woman who set the fire.

While the sign may seem odd to passersby, Pastor Adam Mayfield believes it remains true.

“Exactly three years ago from the day of the fire, I preached a sermon talking about adversity,” he said. “In that sermon, I said ‘God is still God and God is still good,’ so we plan to keep that on our sign.”

The fire erupted in the church building in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 13, gutting the historic sanctuary built in 1947 and flooding the basement as firefighters eventually brought the flames under control.

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Source: Baptist Press