Restored church holds first service

PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP) The Homeland Community Church re-opened the Wesleyan Church at 14th and Latrobe Street and welcomed worshipers with its first service this afternoon.

With roots potentially tying their history to Abraham Lincoln, the church’s history is equally as impactful as its purpose. Community members that helped clean up and reopen the church are excited to see the positive effect in the neighborhood.

“We had a cookout Friday night to just kind of introduce ourselves to everybody and it was really nice to see everybody who came out and see people talking to their neighbors. They live beside each other and a lot of them don’t even know each other because everyone kind of hangs out in their houses and away. So it kind of just gave them an opportunity to come out and get to know each other and that’s what we want to see. We want to see the neighborhood be safer and be more community oriented,” says Melody Smith, the church’s campus pastor.

The church plans to hold services every Sunday at 3pm and offer various children’s activities year round.

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