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Advent UMC to hold special service Thursday to mark 1 year since fire destroyed sanctuary

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Fire at Advent UMC (Feb. 8, 2017/FOX Carolina) Fire at Advent UMC (Feb. 8, 2017/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Thursday marks one year since a fire destroyed the Advent UMC church sanctuary on Woodruff Road in Simpsonville.

Firefighters said hot metal from construction work involving steel that was taking place inside the church sparked the fire on Feb. 8, 2017.

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The church said an “Advent Strong” service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Christian Life Center to mark the anniversary and celebrate the church’s growth in the year since the tragedy.

Advent said staff members will arrive at the church by 12:30 p.m. and begin praying at the site of the fire. They hope to have someone praying over the site until the service begins Thursday evening.

After the service, ribbons will be given to everyone in attendance to tie to the fence around the burned sanctuary.

The church said it is has applied for building permits and is finalizing a construction budget. They hope to break ground on a new sanctuary in March.

PREVIOUSLY - Fire chief: Hot metal from construction work sparked fire that ripped through Greenville Co. church


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