THE BRONX - The Glory of Christ Church is celebrating 26 years of operation today after a hate crime a few years back nearly forced its doors shut.

The celebration included songs, dancing and 24 baptisms.

In 2009, criminals broke into the church, sprayed painted the walls with threats and set the place on fire. The Ellis Avenue church was closed for seven months for repairs.

Church-goers say the crime brought their community closer together.