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Mississippi church destroyed by Wednesday's storms

TUNICA COUNTY, MS - (WMC-TV) – A Mississippi congregation is heartbroken after a tree crushed their 124-year old church. The storms that blew through Wednesday also blew the tree on top of Christian Grove Missionary Baptist Church. 

It is devastating for the pastor and the members of Christian Grove Church. Now they are not sure where they will have services. 

"We're not going to be able to have services because we can see from the inside outside," said Pastor Cedric Tate. 

The storm Wednesday night blew a tree onto this very old church in Tunica County in the area called Little Texas.  

"I looked in and it hurt me but I knew we'll be all right because it's just a building. The church is in our heart," he said. 

The ceiling is falling in and support beams are not straight anymore.  It is a big mess. 

"It's just a shock to everybody," said church member Ida McConnell. "We've had storms or tornadoes all around but it seems like it passed over. But this time we got caught right in the middle of it." 

Ida McConnel has belonged to the church her entire life 71 years.  She can't believe it. The church, said to be the oldest in Tunica, has a small membership around 15.  But the members attend every Sunday and now they will not be able to because it is just too dangerous. 

"It's devastating," Tate said. 

Pastor Tate is hoping another church will allow the membership to hold services at their church while repairs are made. 

"We're going to get through it. We're going to get through it," he said. 

Christian Grove Church does have insurance. But it is just not clear how long it will take to make all of the repairs. 

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