Parishioners of a Missouri church were forced to move their Easter Sunday Service to another venue following the most powerful tornado in the area in over 44 years, that caused severe damage to their place of worship.
Friday's tornado also destroyed at least 100 homes in a densely populated suburban area but remarkably caused no loss of life.
Worshippers from Ferguson Church were forced to move their service across town to St. Louis Christian College in Florissant after their church sustained considerable damage in the tornado.
Pastor Stacy Garner, from the First Baptist Church of Ferguson, who led Sunday's service said that despite their building being shaken and damaged their faith remained strong.
A sentiment echoed by one of his parishioners.
"The building can be rebuilt, we are just so thankful that no lives were lost, those lives can't be replaced, the building can be," said Jeanie Edwards, a member of the Ferguson Church.
Early warnings, good timing and common sense all helped prevent a tragedy Friday night.
At Ferguson Christian Church, nearly three dozen people were gathered on Good Friday to watch the movie "Passion of the Christ" when the sirens began to blare.
Pastor Stacy Garner paused the movie and hurried everyone to the basement.
They were out of harm's way as the tornado imploded the sanctuary above them.
Like hundreds of residents in surrounding communities, church members have been back trying to salvage what they could.
The tornado peaked at an EF-4 level, second-highest on the Enhanced Fujita scale, packing winds of up to 200 miles per hour (321 kilometres) shattering hundreds of panes of glass at the main terminal and blowing a shuttle bus to the top of a roof.
It was the most powerful twister in metropolitan St. Louis since 1967, and eerily, it followed a path similar to that of the earlier tornado.
County officials said during a news conference on Sunday that 2,700 buildings were damaged with one hundred of those destroyed.