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Church holds Sunday services for first time since Jesus statue fire

What's left of the giant Jesus statue in Monroe What's left of the giant Jesus statue in Monroe

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MONROE, OH (FOX19) - Church members poured into the Solid Rock Church in Monroe for the first time since a fire destroyed a giant statue of Jesus outside the church.

The statue, which sits along Interstate 75, was struck by lightning Monday night and quickly destroyed when it was engulfed in flames.

On Sunday, services at the church went on as usual. Members at the church answered the questions of whether or not to rebuild the statue with resounding 'yes.'

"Some say it's a sign, I say rebuild. So, let's keep making people come to this church," said one member.

"I think it's a good thing, it brings notoriety and brings people to Monroe," said another.

"It's definitely the right decision to rebuild it because it's a symbol and it's not anything we bow down and worship but it draws people in," said another member.

Jeff Sparks has been a member of solid rock since 1994. He's also the head of the biker ministry at the church.

He watched the statue be built, watched it burn, and plans on being there for the resurrection.

"I think it's a great symbol of our Lord," he said. "I think it's a great way to pull people in along the highway."

The statue was due for a paint job, but now it's due for an overhaul.

Donations are pouring in to help foot the bill, and the church does have insurance..

The pastor says one thing will be different when Jesus is re-built - this time, they'll use fire-proof materials.



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