‘Each week it’s a blessing to see these doors open.’ Faithful gather at Church on the Slab
Worshipers gathered Sunday at Church on the Slab believed that it could be the last service at the building on Arizona Avenue.
But as they joined hands to create a prayer circle, the Rev. Cherryll Wallace had an announcement for her congregation.
“We have permission to be in this building on Easter,” she said.
The church, near Interstate 35W and Rosedale Street, is under contract, and the prospective buyer wants the church out in order for the sale to proceed. Wallace said the original deadline of Tuesday has been pushed back, so the congregation will be able to celebrate Easter.
Wallas said she received a text from a representative of the building’s owner, Daily Bread Ministry Inc. of Flower Mound, that the church had to be out of the building by Tuesdsay with a walkthrough on Thursday. She was told the church could use the building through Easter after a Star-Telegram story last week described the church’s plight.
Scott Lowe, with Vision Commercial, the real estate firm handling the sale, said there was a misunderstanding.
Wallace said the church serves “Fort Worth’s forgotten people.” Before the church met in the building, the congregants worshiped outside, with the help of generators and candles. The church got its name, Church on the Slab, from those who worshiped there.
“This is not about the homeless,” she said. “These are homeless people who are card-carrying members of the church. We are not giving a pity party for the poor. We are standing up for the church, not a building.”
Wallace said she does not see the building’s owners as “enemies.”
“But they are not our advocates either,” she said.
Kevin Murphy, who has attended services at Church on the Slab since 2017, reflected on the prospect of the church closing.
“There’s going to be a lot of souls lost,” he said “It’s going to be a loss to the community, a loss to those that need help.”