Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 Reporter
A six-month journey is over tonight for members of an Arlington Church as Saint Barnabas United Methodist Church reopened for its first Sunday service since April's devastating tornado.
A damp, dreary Sunday morning couldn't stop the sun from shining on the inside of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church. People here are thrilled to finally be home.
Much of the church was damaged during a tornado, just one of many which touched down in North Texas in April.
"It's absolutely amazing," says Jackson Christenberry, a young church member. "It' feels like home. It's fantastic. I'm so happy we're back."
Judy Zacharias who is a long-time member and current office assistant said, "We're almost back to where we were except we're better. We've learned a lot through this experience and now we want to share it with our neighbors and the community."
It's not a new church, but much of what's inside it is new. New floors, pews and some stained glass in the sanctuary. The huge multi-purpose room served no purpose once the roof came off and a wall came down. Now it's a great space again where members enjoyed coffee and donuts before the first service at 9:30am.
"We've come together as a community and the community around us has come together," says long-time church member and secretary, Linda Wilson. "The other churches have been incredible with community support. We feel so loved and we're glad to open our doors today and invite everybody to be loved with us."