MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A fire Sunday morning at St. Andrew's Church in Mount Pleasant destroyed much of its ministry center.
Bishop Steve Wood took to Facebook Tuesday morning to show a walk-through of the damage. The most noticeable piece of the building still standing is a wooden cross.
"I can't tell you what it means to me and to many to see that cross still standing," Wood said. "There is no rational reason. That was the epicenter of the fire, that is a wooden cross and yet the cross still stands. Part of it for us is it's a visual symbol. In many ways, how appropriate that Jesus meets us in the ruin of our lives and meets us in every dimension of our life and yet it just stands."
Wood added power had been returned to the historic church as he walked through the rubble.
"Amazingly it looks better than it did a few days ago," Wood said. "If possible, it smells worse than it did a couple days ago."
His tour included some of the ministry center offices which were saved from the fire for the most part.
Wood also mentioned that the sacristy which includes the church's silver, chalice's and other items used for communion was "one of the best looking rooms we have."
The cross was handcrafted in 1995. Wood expects demolition crews to get the cross out before too long and taken to restoration.
"It will be part of whatever is next for us," he said.
Here's part one of the live video:
Here's part two of the video:
On Sunday, the community responded by joining together. Official church services were canceled, but members from the church said that doesn't mean church didn't still happen.
"When the people gather, it's a church, so we have gathered and we are praising the lord," Associate Rector at St. Andrew's Church Anthony Kowbeidu said on Sunday morning.
The ministry center building is a separate building from the old historic church building, which was not damaged by fire.
Power to the historic church was restored Tuesday morning, according to a post on the church's Facebook page.
Investigators were working to determine a cause for the fire.