First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Opens Memorial One Week After Tragedy

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Opens Memorial One Week After Tragedy

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs (FBCSS) has announced that the public and media are invited to a memorial created in the FBCSS sanctuary, where one week ago the tragedy that claimed the lives of 26 of the church congregation took place.

 

“This is our church, but it is not just us that are suffering,” says FBCSS Associate Pastor Mark Collins. “This tragedy has rocked our Nation, and has had an impact on all Americans and our country as a whole. It is our hope that this will be healing for everyone.”

Since last week’s assault on the small, humble Sutherland Springs community, FBCSS has undertaken several projects to help the healing process for the families and the community, including the reconstitution and restoration of the church sanctuary. Through generous volunteer efforts and offers from several individuals with varying fields of expertise, the scene of this unspeakable event has been transformed into a beautiful memorial that celebrates and pays tribute to the lives that were lost.

Media members are invited for a media tour on Sunday, November 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. Media must sign up via email at fbcsstx@gmail.com. Please provide name and media affiliation, and be prepared to show press credentials to gain entrance to the memorial. Deadline to sign up will be Sunday at 1 p.m. Photography and video will be allowed at this time.

The public will be allowed to enter the memorial at 5 p.m. and thereafter, the memorial will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Due to the nature of this unique and sensitive situation, visitors are asked to respect the sanctity of the church, the memory of those who perished there, and the families and community members continuing their own ways and processes toward healing.

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