BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
CLEARFIELD – When Clearfield Community Church reopens, it will have state-of-the-art equipment for worship and service to the community, allowing the church staff to function much more efficiently, the church’s pastor said.
“We’re not building this for ourselves but for the next group of Christ followers,” said the Rev. John Parsley, pastor of the congregation, which has continued meeting at Wasatch Elementary School, 210 E. Center Street in Clearfield, at 10 a.m. each Sunday.
The west wing of the church was destroyed in a May 19 blaze that was started by an old computer tower that apparently overheated.
There will be little chance of that happening when the church reopens.
“We’ll have 21st century equipment, a sprinkler system and an elevator so members can get to both levels of the fellowship area,” Parsley said.
The church will be rebuilt essentially over the same footprint as the previous building, Parsley said.
“We’re planning on a worship center that appeals to the younger generation,” he said, with a narthax (lobby) almost double the size of the previous one, and a coffee bar.
The kitchen will have the latest appliances for the congregation to continue their free Wednesday night dinners, designed to help families with their food, financial and spiritual needs, as well as other community events.
“It won’t be your grandmother’s kitchen,” Parsley said.
The church hosts AA meetings, Girl and Boy Scout troops, home schoolers and other community events.
The community came to the congregation’s rescue following the fire. Office and nursery supplies, furniture and other donations came in, Parsley said in the Clearfield City newsletter.
The church’s youth group had a summer mission trip planned to an Indian reservation in Wyoming. When their means of funding the trip were destroyed in the fire, several nearby LDS wards held a yard sale, bake sale and a car wash at their stake center, raising almost $8,000 in one day, Parsley said.
“The community has been very generous in helping us create a nest egg,” Parsley said.
Members have also been generous and the church was insured.
Clearfield City provided temporary office space in the city’s Community Arts Center.
Local businesses also added their support. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, with locations in Layton and Riverdale, is giving 10 percent of the price of a dinner purchased by those who have a card for the church’s support.
“The response to this unfortunate event speaks highly of our community,” Clearfield Mayor Don Wood said in the newsletter. “In the face of a challenge, the community came and supported.”
The congregation expects to break ground this fall and hopes to reopen in the fall of 2014.
The church has opened an account at America First Credit Union for donations to its Rebuilding Fund.