CLEARFIELD — For Clearfield Community Church, this year’s vacation bible school is a little bit more of an event than usual.
The camp, which is set to run Aug. 11-15, will be the first public event held at the newly rebuilt church. Though the official re-opening won’t be until Sept. 7, the bible school will give local residents a chance to see the efforts the church has made to come back from the March 2013 fire that destroyed their original building.
“It’s kind of exciting,” said Melissa Lanting, the CCC Children’s Ministry Intern heading up the bible school. “We haven’t really opened to the public yet, so the school will give the community the chance to come out and see the new building.”
The church has been working hard to rebuild ever since the fire, which was caused by a computer tower that overheated in the church’s library. The blaze resulted in between $750,000 and $1 million in damage.
Since then, church members have met in various spaces donated by the community and other churches. For last year’s vacation bible school, Clearfield Community Church teamed up with another local church to make sure there was space for the kids.
This year, though, the school is returning back to its original home. Church staff moved back into their offices a few weeks ago, and Lanting has spent quite a bit of time in the new building getting ready for the upcoming vacation bible school.
“It’s nice to be back home where our roots are,” she said. “It’s all a little bit different now, but it’s really exciting.”
The church’s annual vacation bible school has always been open to all the children in the community, with registration forms available online through the photo section of the church’s Facebook page.
This year, though, they’re working harder to throw open their doors.
“We’re really trying to get the word out,” she said.
The camp is held evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will include lessons, snacks and activities. The theme for this year’s school is “Trust in God and Face Your Fears.”
“I think all young kids have these fears they want to overcome,” said Lanting. ‘We want to show them that they can be overcome with God.”
To find the church’s Facebook page, type “Clearfield Community Church Facebook” into Google.The completed forms should be re-scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church is located at 525 E. 200 South in Clearfield. For more information, call 801-825-1115.