The altars at the New Life Church of the Nazarene in Princeton have been there for years. 

Lead pastor Andrew Johnson says, “We just couldn’t imagine church without these altars in particular so we knew very early on that they were going to make the move with us but we didn’t know they were going to move this way.”

Church members carried the two altars, weighing more than 100 pounds each, more than a mile through Princeton singing and even had a police escort. 

“I didn’t feel right all week just throwing them in the back of a pickup,” Johnson says. “I just thought if they’re as sacred and as holy as we say they are we need to move them that way and that is what I came up with.”

Donnie Truelock, whose been a church member for more than 30 years says,”We just thought that would be so cool to carry the altars through the town and into the new church.”

The church also brought a bell that’s 100 years old from the original church to the new location across from the Gibson County Fairgrounds. 

After the altars made it to the new spot, emotions filled the room. 

“We just wanted to transport them in a way that brought God honor and glory and that’s what made the night special for us,” Johnson says. 

Pastor Johnson says the original location, built in 1919, was showing it’s age and becoming harder for members to hold services in the heat with no air conditioning. 

The first service at the new location, with the altars and bell in tact, will be Sunday.

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(This story was originally published August 20, 2018)