MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Some call it the heart of Monson’s historic downtown; The First Church. It has a new steeple, but three years after the tornado the repairs continue.
On the outside, boarded up doors and windows wait to be repaired. The steeple bell sits in a now torn up parking lot.
On the inside, the historic organ will need repairs. Just beyond the beautiful sanctuary are power tools and boards. Inside the new steeple they need to install a new clock; a $2.4-million job.
The Pastor Bob Marrone told 22News it’s all secondary to what really matters. ‘My big concern is around the emotional, psychological and spiritual after affects of the storm. There are many people still affected deeply by what happened, whether they were directly hit by the tornado or not.”
Marrone said that even right after the tornado, they never missed a worship service, sitting in the pews alongside scaffolding. The church was built in 1873 and has a congregation of nearly 300 members.