CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Members of the Clearfield Community Church announced plans to rebuild on Wednesday as they gathered to give thanks for community support in the wake of a fire that destroyed their church.
Pastor John Parsley said the church will be rebuilt from the ground up over the next two years.
“We’re going to turn lemons into lemonade,” he said.
The Clearfield community has been generous in donating food and money to the church since the fire broke out in the church library on Tuesday afternoon.
The congregation usually holds a meeting each Wednesday evening, but because of the fire, the gathering was moved across the street to the church parking lot.
People sang songs, prayed, and gave thanks for the community’s support.
Wasatch Elementary School has opened their facility for the church to temporarily hold Sunday services.
People call the church a light in the community. Parsley said it was the first Christian church between Salt Lake and Brigham City when it was chartered in 1945.
Investigators said the fire started in the library of the church, but have not determined if the cause of the fire was electrical.
“To see that destruction, it’s just a piece of our hearts that is gone,” Eileen Richards, a longtime church member, said.