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Congregation dedicates new place of worship built after fire ravaged old church

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Sep 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-08 09:53:51-04

CLEARFIELD, Utah -- The Clearfield Community Church dedicated its new building Sunday after the old one burned down.

Insurance covered most of the rebuild, but the congregation wanted to do its part by donating and raising money to get the building back.

In the spring of 2013, an old computer monitor sparked the fire that devastated the building and the hearts of the people who worshiped there.

“To me it was just a building, the church family was still here, the church meets here, the church are the people,” church member Mel Ender said.

The foundations withstood the fire, and the church raised the new building on top of it.

“It was sad," Pastor John Parsley said. "So many memories went away, so many people lost the spaces that were important in their memory. But for the next generation this is a great space to do God's work.”

For the last 17 months the congregation met at Wasatch Elementary school. The church members said it feels like they are now returning home.