"There's a number of people who cannot return [to the lower level] because we're standing where it all took place,” Rev. Norvel Goff, the church’s interim pastor said.
Only a handful of people attended that night. This Wednesday, Elder Norvel Goff expected 150.
"Our faith is stronger than fear, and love overtakes hate, and by coming every Wednesday night, to bible study, it reinforces the fact that there are people of goodwill all over the world and here in Charleston,” Goff said.
Goff gave Live 5 News an exclusive tour of the church Wednesday night, and showed the extensive improvements that need to be done.
"There are some boards that are to be replaced," Goff said. “The carpet is to be replaced."
Mother Emanuel is historic, dating back 197 years.
"The electrician work has already been done and then it's being prepared to receive the elevator itself," Goff said.
Goff is quick to point out Rev. Clementa Pickney set these plans in motion, but it's his goal to finish them.
"We're going to make a strong effort to complete all of these project within the next several months," Goff said.
Everyday a team of volunteers cleans up the flowers still put out in front of the church. Goff says it's that love that's allowing Mother Emanuel to live on.
"Everyday, I'm reinforced by the amazement of faith that people have and come by and share it with those of us who come out,” Goff said. “It's larger than Charleston, larger than the state of South Carolina. It's the entire nation."