A historic black church in Charleston is set to host its first service since nine members of its congregation were fatally shot during a Bible study session.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is expected to open its doors Sunday, days after police say 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire on congregation members who welcomed him to the church's Wednesday night Bible study.

Several events are planned throughout the city to show solidarity with the congregation. Bells at more than a dozen churches throughout Charleston and elsewhere are expected to ring at 10 a.m.

People are also planning to join hands and form a peace chain along a bridge connecting Charleston to one of its suburbs.