Hiland Park Church members gather for the first time after Hurricane Michael

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The Hiland Park Baptist Church in Panama City suffered quite a bit of damage during Hurricane Michael, but that didn’t stop them from gathering on Sunday.

Photos posted to the church’s Facebook page show parts of their two campuses with missing roofing, siding of the buildings scattered in the parking lot, insulation and roofing on the inside floor of the church.

Despite their buildings being quite damaged, church members and officials met Sunday for an outdoor service at 9:30 a.m. at their 231 Campus on Headland Avenue. 

“For the last couple of days I’ve just been walking down streets going from house to house and one of the first things that everybody said is because we’re, I mean we’re one of the largest churches in this area, and one of the first things people have said is, we gonna have church? Can we have church? Can we,” said Senior Pastor Steven Kyle.

Kyle said one of the biggest reasons they gathered Sunday morning was for community.

“And you know they just they just wanted the community and they wanted their focus to be where should be,” he said. “And that’s the reason why today we just wanted to gather together and talk about the hope that we have in Christ. And so really just trying to trying to bring some normalcy and some community back to us.”

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