Many churches are struggling to get back on their feet after Hurricane Michael, but one local church has slowly begun the recovery process.

The Greater Bethel AME Church has begun clearing out their sanctuary. 

Extensive roof damage letting rain in has warped the floor of the sanctuary and created a mold problem resulting in everything having to be taken out, including the pews.

The church was built in 1945 and became an important part of the community.

It’s one of the largest African-American Episcopal churches in the area and served as a gathering place for many when they had nowhere else to go. 

“This church means a lot to this community. At one time this was one of the most predominant black churches in the community. But over the years it has declined like most churches, so we hope to rebuild it back to the status that it used to be,” said Pastor Charletta Robinson, Pastor of Greater Bethel AME.

While the church is being worked on the congregation is still having services every Sunday at Saint James AME church at 8 a.m.