Trinity Baptist members home again

Lawton_ On Sunday, members of Trinity Baptist Church had their first service at their church since a devastating fire tore through the building in December. The fire destroyed the choir room and parts of the sanctuary. They have been working hard to repair parts of the damaged building, but the work still isn't complete. The sanctuary at the church still needs repairs, but that didn't stop members from attending service at their old home.

"We had a lot of visitor's today that we haven't had in awhile and that was nice to see. There were a lot of folks who came back, so it was good to have them back also," Pastor Gene Escoe said.

Service was held in an alternative room. The turnout was bigger than expected. For some members, the fire brought the congregation closer together.

"I think that this fire was God trying to wake us up. We weren't as effective within the community as we need to be," youth minister Kevin Collins said.

Church members continued the celebration into the evening. Instead of a service, they had a night filled with food, music, singing and testimonies from long-time members.