The Kilsyth Freewill Baptist Church was heavily damaged in February when a broken hot water line led to a collapsed ceiling in the church’s sanctuary. The congregation will host a dedication service April 15 to celebrate the church’s repairs.

KILSYTH — The Kilsyth Freewill Baptist Church will host a dedication service at 2 p.m. April 15.

On Feb. 9, the hot water return line for the heating system froze and burst. Located above the sanctuary ceiling, the leaking went unnoticed for a few days until the ceiling collapsed, along with the ceiling in the basement classrooms.

Damages amounted to more than $60,000.

With the help of the Mount Hope Volunteer Fire Department, a Mount Hope city employee and volunteers from the church undertook the task of repairing the church.

Some church memorabilia, such as a Bible study from 1945, were preserved, and some of the items were placed in a shadow box to be displayed on a wall at the rear of the church.

The public is invited to the dedication service, which will include singing, a special guest and a sermon by the Rev. Orville Setliff. Afterward, cake and refreshments will be served, and visitors will have an opportunity to see the improvements that have been made in the church.

The church also has started a building fund. Donations can be mailed to: Kilsyth FWB Church Building Fund, PO Box 565, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

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