Damaged Lafollette church moves forward after fire

1:02 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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More than 40 youths from the Fincastle Church of God wanted to forget a weekend fire that damaged their place of worship. Doing so, they also tried to spread some Christmas cheer in Campbell County.

"I was heartbroken. This kind of gets my mind off everything with what's happened," said Caitlyn Ivey, a member of the church who helped lead caroling Wednesday night.

It has been a tough week for the Lafollette church, as they still do not know what sparked a fire in the building's sanctuary Sunday.

Pastor Mike Smith said the preplanned caroling to some of the church's elderly members and friends was a way to help the healing for the youngsters. He said many are having a difficult time understanding why their church is gone weeks before Christmas.

"We had this planned to do tonight and some of us asked if we're going to do it. We debated then I thought, 'the kids need this. The kids need to be together,'" the pastor said.

Pastor Smith said what others in his position have said before: it is not a building that makes the church, it is the people.

"They need to do something, so we decided to go on with it. Keep the church together. Keep the kids together and move forward," he added.

Pastor Smith said the Fincastle Church will meet for a service this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 at the Campbell County Christian Academy in Lafollette.

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