Chesapeake church rebuilt after 2017 tornado holds its first service

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Hundreds gathered at Real Life Christian Church Sunday morning to be a part of a special service.

It’s the first service held in their new building after a tornado ripped through their orginial building in March of 2017. 

Churchgoers say being able to hold a service in the same spot again was meaningful.

“It was a very special service to be here together again we’ve been through a lot the past twenty two months, but we’ve bonded together and that made today even more special,” said Executive Pastor Brett Coates.

Some of the layout is the same as the old building, but the new building has room for around 550 people. 

During songs of worship and prayer, there were images of their old building in the background.

“There were some dark days, but its been for the better,” said Coates.

There’s a cross hanging inside made from pieces of the previous church, and art work made from a pieces of a tree, which was knocked over by the tornado.

“We took a lot of things that were deemed trash and tried to make them as art, just as a reflection of what God has done in our eyes, taken what’s broken and deemed useless and breathe life back into that,” said Coates 

They also showed 10 On Your Side the updated rooms for kids and showed us the new lobby, which they hope will be an area where people will feel welcome and  get to know one another.

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