Bonavista Church congregants gathered in a park simply throughout the road from their fire-damaged church on Sunday morning
Religion is greater than a constructing for parishioners of a southeast Calgary church.
With donations of donuts and low from congregants, many donning their hats and sun shades and toting their foldable chairs, the group loved the change of surroundings, even with the burned facade of their church seen within the backdrop.
“Church is absolutely the folks, not the constructing,” stated congregant Renée Penner. “Particularly in a time once we’ve gotten successful like this, it’s vital that we come collectively and that we assist each other.”
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For Lead Pastor John Estabrooks, it was essential that his congregants had a spot to go on Sunday morning. After studying of the blaze on Friday morning, he shortly determined that the service would go on, saying he felt his parishioners would need to see the house, ask questions and finally be near the burned constructing they usually go to every Sunday.
“We all know there’s a whole lot of questions — not that now we have a whole lot of solutions — but it surely’s good simply to be collectively,” he stated.
Estabrooks stated a lot of the harm was to the inside of the constructing within the sanctuary. He stated church leaders are in touch with insurers and contractors, however the price and period of repairs are nonetheless unclear.
Investigators are nonetheless probing the reason for the blaze, however Estabrooks stated he believes it was set intentionally.
“It appears to be like like a window was damaged; one thing was thrown inside our sanctuary,” he stated. “The hearth division did a unbelievable job of getting issues knocked down shortly however clearly, the constructing is unusable and appears prefer it might be for a number of weeks, if not months.”
For the short-term, Estabrooks stated Bonavista Church will maintain its providers Saturday evenings on the close by Bonavista Baptist Church, which provided the house freed from cost.
“If it’s going to be a really prolonged departure from the constructing, we might must provide you with a longer-term plan for the place we meet,” he stated. “Our rhythm is to assemble Sunday mornings, so Saturday is unquestionably going to be an interim step.”