Sutton on Sea’s Methodist Church is rising up from the ashes now work has begun to restore the historic building back to it’s former glory.
As reported in June this year, the Church was struck by lighting, causing a blaze which had gutted the entire building due to fire and water damage.
But today, locals can breathe with a sigh of relief as scaffolding has gone up on the building and work is scheduled to take place in the New Year, with the hope that it will be fully restored by Christmas 2013.
Rev Cecil Mundy of the Methodist Church comments on future developments.
He said: “Now all the fire debree has been cleared and the scaffolding has gone up, we can finally begin to assess the damage and schedule the relevant contractors in after the New Year to begin the re-building process.
“We’re hopeful that services may resume in the Church by this time next year.”
Church Steward, Margaret Shenton is thankful that some prize possessions inside the Church at the time of the lighting strike survived.
She added: “It’s great news that valuable possessions that were in the Church survived, including all of the Church’s windows and the grand piano and organ which are currently being restored.
“I’ll be glad when everything get’s back to normal.”
All of the Church’s services are currently being held at Trusthorpe Methodist Church and coffee mornings at the Meridale Centre in Sutton on Sea and will continue to do so until work on the Methodist Church in Sutton is completed.
Rev Mundy continued to say: “It’s been a very challenging few months, but we’re very grateful to Trusthorpe Methodist Church and the Meridale Centre for all their support and the use of their facilities.
“Being able to use the Church for our services is the next best thing then performing them in our own church.”