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Felton Congregation Finds Sanctuary After Fire Destroys Church

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Members of Healing Hands Christian Church in Kent County, Del., have found a temporary home after their church building was destroyed by arson. (Photo: WBOC) Members of Healing Hands Christian Church in Kent County, Del., have found a temporary home after their church building was destroyed by arson. (Photo: WBOC)

FELTON, Del.– Days after a fire destroyed the Healing Hands Christian church in Kent County, the congregation has been given a vacant church to temporarily continue its weekly Sunday worship.

Community leaders welcomed the church's displaced congregation into the vacant Viola United Methodist Church located a few miles away from where Healing Hands once stood.

Healing Hands Pastor Wilbert Moorer said using the Viola church is temporary until he can have the group's new house of worship built. The pastor told WBOC that he has already picked a location for the new church.

After the first Sunday service in the United Methodist church, Moorer led his group to the new site for prayer. Some of the congregants were still reeling from news of the arson.

“It was shock at first you know,” said Healing Hands congregant of five years Robert Thorpe. “But we know God's going to take care of it, no matter what,” said Thorpe.

Thorpe's wife Ellen agreed that despite the recent tragedy, her faith is unbroken.

“We just got to pray and have faith that God's going to do it for us,” said Thorpe's wife. “We just got that much faith that he can help us,” she said.

Healing Hands was one of three Felton-area churches intentionally set on fire that police believe are all connected.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal issued a statement Dec. 7 offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the arsons.

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