Mayfield congregation comes together after church burns to the ground
Just three days after a 200-year-old church was burned to the ground, its congregation is trying to rise from its ashes. Our Megan Cruz joined them for their first Sunday after the devastating fire.
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MAYFIELD, N.Y. -- "There are many churches that split and fall apart after tragedies like this," said Reverend Bonnie Orth of Mayfield Presbyterian Church. "That won't happen to us."
Reverend Orth reassures her congregation at the first Sunday service since Thursday's tragic fire.
"It was a beautiful service," said Orth. "I think it went very well. I think everybody really enjoyed it and I think some people got some peace from it."
"I felt uplifted today to have everybody here," said Michael Frank, a parishioner. "I think our church is a very close-knit group."
"All of us as a family are going to get this church back together again and we're just going to move on," said Suzanne Fox, another parishioner.
Reverend Jerry Oliver of the United Methodist Church opened up his doors to the Presbyterian congregation Sunday.
"When that fire happened, they became a part of our family," said Reverend Oliver.
Something much appreciated by the parishioners.
"Jerry Oliver is so wonderful," said Fox. "They're so caring and he also said whatever is theirs is ours."
But Reverend Orth said no details have been worked out yet for future Sundays.
"We're actually going one day at a time, which is not a bad way to go," said Orth. "Trusting in God to lead us."
As he has for over 200 years.
Reverend Orth said, "We've been a quilting church for over 200 years. I thought of the idea of the embroidery thread that we've used to make the quilts, and that if we held it, and walked together, each holding the yarn, we'd realize how connected we are with each other and in Christ, and how nothing breaks that thread that bonds us together..."
And they hope that thread will help them weave what's next for their church.