The Rev. Wayne Childers always expects a larger than usual crowd at South Lindsay Baptist Church on the Sunday before Christmas.
This year he’s expecting the holiday service to draw more people, but for the last few days he had been afraid folks would flock to the church at 3300 S Lindsay — only to find noone there.
The reason behind his anxiety?: Church leaders decided this afternoon to hold Sunday’s services at Wheeler Elementary School, 501 SE 25, instead of the South Lindsay church building.
The building had been without electricity since Dec. 10 because of the ice storm. He said electric company representatives had told him the power would be restored Dec. 19 or 20, but he began to fret when that didn’t happen.
Electric company crews restored power to the building at about 3 p.m. today (Dec. 21) , a few hours after Childers said he and other church leaders made the decision to move services to the school.
But another few hours after the change had been made, there was another switch (pun intended).
Childers said the decision was made to switch the services back to the church late this evening.
So it looks like the South Lindsay Baptist sanctuary will likely be filled with people come Sunday just as the pastor had envisioned.
“It’s Christmas Sunday — one of the biggest Sundays of the year,” he said.