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The choir of United Believers in Christ Ministries opened the first service at the church's new building on Sunday with several worship songs.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

The yellow house at 8820 North Broadway in St. Louis looks like most of the others on the block, but the worship music wafting out onto the sidewalk signals this is the new home of United Believers in Christ Ministries

Pastor David Triggs (center) leads the New Life Missionary Baptist Church (soon to be United Believers in Christ Ministries) in prayer outside their burned building on Sunday.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday service was a bit different this week at New Life Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis: it was held out on the lawn.

That's because the church building at Plover Avenue and Bircher Boulevard sustained significant damage following a fire on Oct. 17, one of a string of arsons against predominantly black churches in north St. Louis and north St. Louis County.