Rising From The Winds And Ashes: Wesley Chapel Church Breaks Ground

July 1, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for a new building for the Wesley Chapel Church on Jefferson Avenue in Century.

The church building  suffered significant damage when it was  shifted off its foundation during the EF-3 tornado that hit Century in February 2016.  The congregation continued to meet in an alternative location each Sunday. They made plans to dismantle the old building board by board, hoping to salvage and use as much of the wood as possible from the 1934 structure in a new church building.

But then the building was reduced to ashes and rubble after an arsonist set fire to it on an early Sunday morning in October.

Now the church is moving forward with plans to rebuild after holding fundraisers and taking donations. There’s no firm construction timetable in place.

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Pictured above and below: Groundbreaking ceremony at Wesley Chapel in Century on Friday. Pictured three up from the bottom: Wesley Chapel shortly after an EF-3 tornado in February 2016. Pictuered bottom two photos. The remains of the building were destroyed by an arsonist in October 2016. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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