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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- It's been nearly seven months since a fire destroyed the sanctuary of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Reidsville.

It’s a devastating loss that the church is bouncing back from thanks to the help of more than 50 churches throughout the state that have held dozens of fundraisers to help the church rebuild.

The most recent fundraiser was a dinner and theatre event Friday night held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

Pastor Glenda Bennett of Mt. Carmel says the past seven months have been rough without the sanctuary which burned down in February.

Everything from worship service to meals and classes have been held in the fellowship hall which was untouched during the blaze.

"We have worked around it and made do as we could," Bennett said.

Some church activities are being held in other buildings like the fire department, where two Sunday school classes take place every week.

"From the day of the fire, they were offering their building," Bennett said.

The support through a tough time, Bennett says, has helped her and her congregation realize what's most important.

"The building is not the church, the people are the church," she said.

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