Our Church Bell


When our church moved from its old location to the new one several years ago, the church bell came over as well but ended up in storage for a while. A special “bell” house was built between the church building and the highway to house the bell and keep it operational at designated times.

It’s funny, but a student the other day asked me what was in that thing (the bell house) and I told him, “A bell.” He asked if it worked, and I told him I had no idea. I think it did work at one time, but hadn’t heard it ring in a long time.

Well that question wound it’s way to the right people and they set to work to find out why the bell hasn’t rung in a while. Turns out the motor that rotates the bell when assigned was shot and needed to be replaced.

While they were fixing things the other day, I stopped over by the bell house to look inside as I had never seen inside nor the bell. It is huge! I had no idea a really cool, old, huge bell was inside. I had thought that it was a “wimpy” sort of bell, but this thing took a logging truck/rig to move and place it in its spot.

I was told that the bell has a date on it of 1906. Wow. That’s an old bell. I have a new-found respect for that weird looking bell house that sits on our property now.