Congregation back in church after devastating fire

Created: 04/20/2014 11:07 PM WHEC.com

Parishioners at a church in Wayne County were celebrating more than just the Easter holiday on Sunday.

Two months ago a fire nearly destroyed the East Williamson Free Methodist Church forcing weekly services to be moved to a nearby fire hall.

“The fire hall was an amazing experience to go through together, but just being back in our building brings back a lot of memories and special things,” said church member Thomas Liddle.

Three weeks ago, services returned to the renovated sanctuary. The walls are still bare, but parishioners say they see these walls as an opportunity for new beginnings.

“It doesn’t matter that we don’t have the decorations up or any of that. It’s just nice to come back and worship in our building,” said parishioner John Niles.

Pastor Tedd Smith said the fire may have been a blessing in disguise because it strengthened the congregation.

“To be able to be back here on Easter Sunday allows us to frame the entire picture of who Jesus is, and that he died on the cross for our sins. He rose two thousand years ago on Easter Sunday, and we can really connect with that this morning as we’ve kind of gone through some of our own trails,” said Smith.

News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.

Winter Weather Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Cattaraugus; Chautauqua; Southern Erie; Wyoming
Expires: 1/30/2015 10:00 AM


Few Clouds
32° | 8°
  • Feels like: -8° F
  • Wind: WSW 5mph
  • Humidity: 80%
  • Fri Mostly cloudy and windy with snow showers
    15° | 5°
  • Sat Mostly cloudy
    19° | 0°
  • Sun Mostly cloudy
    24° | 9°
  • Mon Mostly cloudy
    16° | 6°