For the last eight years, Room at the Inn, a volunteer-operated organization, coordinates shelter for the homeless in different Columbia congregations. From Dec. 4, 2016 until Feb. 28, 2017, congregations like First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia will rotate in shifts. Those in need of emergency shelter against the cold can stay from 7 pm until 7 am.
Pastor Carol McEntyre from First Baptist said that the church is always full during the shift. She’s proud that the contemporary worship service still happens every Sunday in the same shelter space.