Good Friday service canceled for Real Life Christian Church congregation 

Posted at 12:22 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 17:49:24-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Good Friday won't be the same for the Real Life Christian Church congregation this year.

“We had some good Friday services planned but everything that we needed was destroyed," Student Pastor Mike Johnson said.

Real Life Church in Chesapeake suffered damage during a tornado. (Photo Credit: Eliza Stinson)

Their building was destroyed by an EF2 tornado on March 31.

Church leaders said they don't have a facility to hold the church observance and all of the material needed was lost when the twister touched down.

Just up the road, Colonial Baptist Church extended an invitation to the congregation to attend their 7 p.m. service Friday night.

“Two things drove us to invite them here," Senior Pastor Brent Belford said. "One of them is the importance of this moment in the history of that church. The other reason would be the significance of those two events for Christianity.  Christianity and the gospel is built entirely on the death of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins.”

 The senior pastor said it's their way of keeping true to their faith.

“We wanted them to be able to celebrate that important moment with a group of believers," Belford said.

Church staff rebuilding from tornado damage hand out gift cards to nearby neighborhoods

Real Life leaders say though they won't have Good Friday service, they are having two Easter Sunday services in the Atlantic Shores Baptist Church life center building on Sunday Morning.

"When things go wrong , it’s not over. SO death and  darkness and tornadoes don’t have the last word. That’s what we wanna celebrate Sunday," Johnson said.

Watch: Drone 3 flies over tornado damage in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake