On Sunday, Nov.3, members and friends of the Kirk O’Cliff Presbyterian Church located on Monrovia road in Spotsylvania County, gathered for worship and to rededicate the church that has served the community these past 137 years. The rededication service was to thank God for protecting the church sanctuary from what nature dished out the night of April 19 and in appreciation of what could have happened but for the grace of God.
Readers, do you remember the tornado that devastated the Lake Anna area and surrounding counties that evening? Members and friends of the Kirk do. That night, the tornado made its way from the southwest directly through the church property. After the storm had passed, one could see the tornado caused significant damage however the extent of the damage did not become apparent until day break.
The fellowship hall and two storage sheds suffered structural damage, power was lost for several days, and the rod-iron fence around the perimeter of the church cemetery took several hits. Access to the premises was very limited owing to the fact that six 60-foot, 200-year-old oak trees on the property were literally ripped out of the ground and thrown about. Miraculously, by the Grace of God none of the trees hit the sanctuary.
Members and friends of the Kirk immediately began working that day to begin clearing the property of debris, cutting up and removing fallen trees and arranging for the repair and/or removal of the damaged church structures. The restoration effort was finally completed several months later.
The church went through a lot that evening but the Kirk continues as a place of worship and being a Beacon of God’s Love for the Lake Anna Christian community. That is what the church was in the past, is today, and, with God’s blessing, will continue to be in the future.
Submitted article and photos