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This Christmas, residents of Weaverville, North Carolina, will be treated to the sound of a historic church bell that has sat silent for the past six decades.
Weaverville United Methodist Church (WUMC) announced this week that the church's bell will be rung for the first time in 60 years during Christmas Eve services.
The beautiful church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1920. A belfry and steeple were added to the building in the mid-1950s, but a crack in the bell caused it to remain silent.
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Reverend Lonnie Lacy used his best King George impression to remind his parishioners that the church will be waiting for them when the coronavirus pandemic ends.
Recognizing the importance of this feature, several church members recently came together to begin a Steeple Bell Restoration Project. The weekslong passion project involved designing and installing a system of pullies and two ropes: one with a hammer to strike the bell and another to make the actual bell swing. According to a church representative, the bell now sounds better than ever.
"This will be a historic moment for our Historical Registered Church, and bring joy to the community, in the midst of a season of uncertainty," a press release states.
The steeple bell will be officially rung for the first time in decades just before each of the church’s two Christmas Eve services, which begin at 5:00pm and 6:30pm.