Storm Team 4 Update
Brookfield church regroups after falling tree damages its building
BROOKFIELD - Church members are recovering Thursday from some scary moments after a large tree fell on its building.
It happened just as everyone was settling into Wednesday night’s service at Victory International Fellowship.
The weight of the tree was so heavy that it tore through the building's roof near the church's children's wing.
The noise from the tree crashing onto the church sent everyone running for safety.
“We are just thankful nobody was hurt,” said Pastor Rory Grooters.
"We heard the tree coming through the roof, but we just thought it was at the height of the storm. The rain was really hard. We assumed it was thunder."
The puncturing the roof, causing structural damage and concerns among the congregation.
Church leaders didn't panic, because they had a plan.
"It's not like we're on the edge of our seat waiting for bad things to happen, but it goes to the principle, 'If you don't plan for bad things to happen, you're going to panic," said Pastor Grooters to TODAY'S TMJ4's Todd Hicks.
“We evacuated the children’s wing and progressively evacuated the building” said Grooters. “My first thought was the children. I went running out of the sanctuary along with a couple of others.”
Rain water poured though the new opening.
The storm produced lots of thunder and lightning, winds were strong and the rain was intense. Being inside seemed like the safest place to be.
Contractors are already on the scene. The church says it has insurance to cover the damage.
"(God's) going to help us through this," said Pastor Grooters.
He told Todd he expects services to go on this Sunday.