COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It has been exactly one week since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history claimed the lives of 49 people inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.
Since the tragedy happened, cities across the U.S. have lowered flags to half mast, light up landmarks in LGBT pride colors, and hosted ceremonies to remember those that lost their lives.
The Fountain City joined in hosting a candlelight vigil in front of the Columbus Government Center. The turnout was overwhelming, with more than 250 people of all different sexual orientations, races and religions in attendance.
"It really felt good, it has really done my heart good. I know it did other pastors that are affirming in this area," said Colley Williams, the pastor at New Covenant Church of Columbus.
New Covenant has been open for nearly a year now, and welcome both the LGBT and heterosexual community to worship in a place that supports everyone's rights and spiritual beliefs.
"It is very important because there for a time we hardly had anywhere to go, no churches nothing. We needed a place for everyone not just LGBT, but people that supported the LGBT and wanted a church that was loving, that was accepting, that was affirming," Pastor Williams said.
Williams says that the congregation is about 65 percent LGBT and 35 percent straight, making for an environment that accepts all different thoughts and beliefs.
Williams went on to say that the LGBT community has gained support across the country in recent years and specifically here in Columbus, but he does believe there is still room for improvement.
New Covenant Church meets every Sunday at 11 a.m. and all are encouraged to attend regardless of your sexual orientation.