Community rebuilds after fire destroys church, displaces homeless ministry

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An Albertville church community is making new plans as the investigation into a fire that destroyed their building continues.

There’s no word yet on how the fire at LifePoint Church started Thursday night. Luckily no one was hurt.

The fire destroyed the children’s building which also housed a ministry to help homeless people. Church services and some of the ministry programs have been relocated.

“We will probably embrace a portable mentality for the next several months while we rebuild,” said LifePoint’s Lead Pastor Matt Brooks.

Firefighters say no one was inside when the church’s children’s building burnt down. Now that the flames have gone out the planning and rebuilding begins.

“In spite of the fact that it’s sad, I mean my boys grew up in that building, we recognize it is just brick and mortar,” Brooks said. “The church is so much more than just 700 Motley Street and so I think our people kind of had the opportunity to feel that last night.”

He says up to 900 people belong to their church, but he’s worried about the homeless ministry that ran its day program on the second floor. Room In The Inn is taking donations for lost items.

“It would mean the world to us for you to do that to someone else. If you wanna help us, help others,” said Brooks.

The ministry is also in a temporary location. In the meantime LifePoint’s pastors are staying optimistic.

“I’ve been kind of joking with people that we were in the process of a remodel and I don’t think God really cared for our designs that much,” said Nick Longshore, worship arts pastor. “We were a bunch of 26-year old idiots who started a church 13 years ago and it’s this now, where we’ve got people in our community talking about how vital we are to the community. I’ve been taking stock of that this last day and just going, ‘wow.'”

The fire may have destroyed their building, but they stand by the words ‘the church is a movement, not a monument.’

The lead pastor says they will be at the Albertville Fine Arts Facility at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday but will have to figure out what to do the next week so pay attention to their social media sites.

The day program for Room In The Inn is temporarily at The Venue in Guntersville.

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