Church will hold Easter services at middle school

March 28, 1997


Staff Writer

The congregation of Ebenezer AME Church of Hagerstown will spend Easter Sunday at Northern Middle School.

The worship service will be the second the church has held in the school's auditorium, because architects discovered structural damage to the church, the Rev. Leroy Jackson said.

"We were planning to do some remodeling when they found structural damage," said Jackson, 54. "We were advised by our architect not to go in there."

Jackson, the church's pastor of 15 years, said there may be damage to ceiling beams and the foundation of the church, located at 26 W. Bethel Street.


He said the architects were consulted in January.

"We are still in the planning stages," he said. "There are no estimates yet. Maybe there will be a pleasant surprise and we don't have to stay out very long."

Sunday will be the first Easter Service held outside the church since Jackson became pastor.

He said that the congregation made the move easily.

"This brings people together, to worship together for one common cause," Jackson said. "We will miss being in the church itself, but church is in the heart, not in a building. Wherever we are, we can have church."

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