Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ has found a “permanent temporary home away from home” for its church services. Thanks to Pastor Hardden Weech of Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church, Childress Memorial will hold its regular Sunday bible school service at 9:30 a.m. followed by the morning worship service at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday at 4123 E. Houston St. Childress Memorial will continue to hold regular Sunday services at Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church as the congregation rebuilds.
Since the fire that destroyed the structure, Childress Memorial has received support from faith-based and civil organizations, the City of San Antonio, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Community Bible Church, Conquerors Assembly, and the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
“It is tragic that such a beautiful historic building was ruined in East San Antonio,” said Councilwoman Taylor. “But there is beauty in the community coming together for the ultimate goal of helping this historic church. It is living proof that when there is effective teamwork and collaboration, the impossible is possible.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT) along with ATF Special Agents from the Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office were activated Saturday at the request of the San Antonio Fire Department to assist with investigation of the fire that occurred at Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ. At the time of the fire, no injuries or fatalities were reported.
In addition to the Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ fire, the Arson Division of the San Antonio Fire Department is actively investigating seven other fires that occurred in East San Antonio within the past two months.
San Antonians interested in contributing to the rebuilding of Childress Memorial can do so at any Security Service Federal Credit Union location. To donate, please give the name of “Childress Memorial Church” and the church address of “901 North Pine St.” Childress Memorial Church offices will open at the N. Pine St. Church site early next week. Donations may also be brought there.
Anyone with more information about the East San Antonio fires is urged to contact the Arson Hotline at 210-227-FIRE (3473).