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Downtown church reopens after earthquake damage

Church members gather on Sunday.   (Source: Shaun Kraisman) Church members gather on Sunday. (Source: Shaun Kraisman)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Just a few months ago, if you stepped inside Grace Episcopal Church, you would find an empty building full of scaffolding and bare flooring, but this Sunday, it was a full house with voices raised.

An earthquake in Virginia shook its way down to the Holy City in August 2011, causing damage to the church located at Wentworth and Glebe streets.

The congregation had to seek other churches for worship as repairs continued, but Junior Warden Lynn Hopkins said, "but you never really felt the sense of not belonging somewhere."

Church Rector Michael Wright said services continued while they were off their regular premises, "weddings, funerals, services for Christmas and Easter; the community has embraced us in our time of need."

Wright said the congregation even held an Easter service last spring at the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim synagogue on Hasell Street.

Dozens of church volunteers participated in the fine-tuning finishes the church required before it was ready for the services on Sunday, and church members are certainly happy to have their building back.

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