SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — A Surry County church that burned to the ground two years ago has been rebuilt, and the congregation is excited to show it off to the community.
In July 2010 an electrical fire reduced the original Shoals United Methodist Church to a smoldering pile of rubble.
The community rallied around the church, and people from all over the region and the state came to the area to lend a hand and donate money.
While losing the 100-year-old church was a community tragedy, church members said the spirit of togetherness and giving that came from it was remarkable.
“We had people from outside this community driving by when they saw it on the news to see what happened. They stopped and they met people from the church, and they took out their checkbook and wrote checks.” church member Lori Adams said.
Bob and Lori Adams have been members of Shoals UMC for about 3 years. They said the work and community spirit that went into rebuilding the church would have taken a lot longer without the church members pulling together and help from the larger community.
“Most times when a church burns down, people displace and go everywhere else, and we actually gained membership,” Bob Adams said. “We’ve had donors from all over and outside the state giving us money to help us out.”
The new church is wholly 21st century, with fire alarms, handicap accessories and everything shiny and new.
“Yeah, we do have some things you didn’t see in the old church,” Lori said.
From the sanctuary to the fellowship hall and the brand new kitchen, just about everything in the new building can be traced back to donor contributions. Even a Boston baby grand piano was donated by another church couple.
“The music that comes out of this instrument is just beautiful,” Lori said as she played away.
With all the finishing touches complete, Shoals United Methodist Church members said they’re ready to tackle the next 100 years.
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