SILVERSTREET — Trinity AME Church suffered tragedy during Winter Storm Pax when the church building’s roof collapsed beneath the weight of snow and ice.
Church members saw the damage Thursday morning. They gathered there again Saturday to assess the situation and support one another as they began to come to grips with what had befallen them.
The Rev. Bobby Seepersaud has been with the church since November. In his over 30 years of ministry, mostly in the Columbia area, he has never had to guide a congregation through this type of event.
“This is unlike anything I have encountered,” Seepersaud said. He asked the community to keep the congregation in its prayers as they regroup and continue working to follow God’s calling.
“The biggest thing we ask right now is that the community pray for us,” Seepersaud said. “We are trying to look on the positive side, that this is an opportunity instead of an adverse situation. Pray that the spirit does not become weak as we go through the process of regrouping and rebuilding.”
The congregation worshiped Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Silverstreet Community Center. Seepersaud said he expects the congregation to do that again next Sunday so they could have a presence close to the members of the rural Silverstreet community. From there, the congregation will look into possibilities for worship sites.
The church has been undergoing renovations for over a year. It is unclear at this time what specific circumstances led to the roof caving in, however.
Elder Joseph Postell With AME said the church would have more information to give the media later this week.
“We are putting together a Nehemiah Building Fund Account for restoration and hope to have that in the place by the end of next week,” Elder Postell said.
If people feel called to reach out in the meantime, he asks that they call him, Elder Postell, at 803-983-4882 or contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and place his name in the subject line.