First United Pentecostal Church destroyed in Sunday morning fire

First United Pentecostal Church on North Main Street in Poplarville is trying to move forward after the church caught fire on Sunday just before church service.

This past Sunday morning everything was going as usual for Pastor Colby Meadows at First United Pentecostal Church. “It was about 10:15 and we were in there practicing and of course we were playing loud music. It was really loud. We had no clue of anything that was going on.”

Pastor Meadows says that’s when his wife waved, trying to get his attention because someone passing by told her the church was on fire. “I come down to check it out. When I come out, he says you know I believe your building is on fire. So, we stepped out and looked and sure enough there was smoke coming out. So, had it not been for the passerby we would have had no clue. There was no smoke smell, there was nothing in our building.”

Pastor Meadows only had time to grab a couple of items before running back out of the church. “I went to my office, grabbed my wallet and some Bibles and by the time we come back out it was already coming through the stage.”

The building may be gone, but Pastor Meadows tells News 25 the memories of friends, family, praise, and worship remain. “As our church members were here, they were reminiscing about their children being dedicated here and them being raised here. There is a lot of our church congregation who can say ‘well, my grandfather helped build that’ or ‘my grandfather was instrumental in that land.’ Just many memories like that.”

Meadows is glad the firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread to other buildings. The cause of the fire has not been determined. “I am grateful that it was not in the middle of service.”

The church will use the Family Life Center for praise and worship. They are accepting donations. You can text ‘444 Give’ to 73256 and select ‘building fund’ to donate.

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