Congregation of destroyed Magee church holds service

MAGEE, MS (WDAM) - Members of Corinth Baptist Church in Magee turned out for service Sunday morning in the parking lot of their former sanctuary.

Just three days after a devastating tornado cut a 10-mile path of destruction through the small town of Magee, residents are beginning to pick up the pieces. One of the first places hit was Corinth Baptist Church on Highway 28 West. The tornado leveled the church, leaving the congregation without their sanctuary.

"Our hearts are saddened, but our spirits not weakened," said Pastor Jay Wesbrooks. "We know that God's going to do some special things because of this tragedy."

The loss of the church did not keep the congregation from worshiping. A makeshift sanctuary was set up in the parking lot so service could be held. Though saddened by the tragedy, many members of the congregation expressed a belief the church is strong and they would be able to pull together and rebuild.

"This is the community here," said Benny Barrett, a parishioner. "This is the real spirit of the community because people didn't have to come to church today, but everybody is going to pull together and this community will be stronger for it."

Pastor Wesbrooks said they will rebuild, but that a timeline has not been set. He said rebuilding could take a while, and plans are to meet in the coming weeks to begin the process.

A meeting is set for Wednesday night to determine where the congregation will worship until a new sanctuary can be built.