A prayer service is planned for Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 PM at the Banks Pavillion to pray for God’s strength in this hour of need after the loss of the Bethany Christian Church Sanctuary. Sunday Services will most likely be held at Camp Caroline. Photos of the fire will be posted soon along with what will be many stories of rebuilding.
Fire Departments from West of New Bern, Township #7 in South New Bern, the City of New Bern Aerial Ladder Truck, Tri-Community (Fairfield Harbor Area), Aurora, and virtually every fire department in Pamlico County, responded.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Team responded to aid firemen fighting the massive blaze on a hot summer day.
Cousins and lifelong church members, Annette Hardison Aldridge and Bossey Hardison console one another.
A signal to the day’s end came when firemen began loading the huge hose onto the New Bern aerial ladder truck which helped all afternoon contain the fire and prevent its spread to other church property.
The remains of the base of the church steeple are framed beneath the aerial ladder as a long sad day ended with church members vowing a new day tomorrow.