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The bell came from a building at the Foot of Jamestown Hill, a building which antedates the 310 Jamestown Street (now Praise Assembly of God home) location of the First Church of the Nazarene. The bell is historic icon, bringing back memories of a remarkable member's quiet long kept secret act which provided continuity after a disastrous fire
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By Chris Bennett

Actually this bell did not originate from the former Nazarene church located at 310 Jamestown Street. This bell was located in the first Columbia Nazarene church located at the foot of Jamestown hill in the vicinity of the consignment shop that is located in the old Convenient Food Mart building. That church burned to the ground, and the bell was one of the only things salvaged from the fire. The congregation moved up the hill into the church building that is now a Praise Assembly of God Church, until they built the new church by the Cumberland Parkway, in the early 1970's.

Now for "The rest of the story" the church's finances were tight and the decision was made to forgo the expense of building insurance. A member of the church saw this as a bad decision, so she purchased insurance for the church building and told no one. When the building burned, the members thought all was lost, until Mrs Turner disclosed that she had purchased insurance, and it would pay for the replacement of the building

A pastor who was at the Nazarene church for a short time, hired a mason to construct the base. Hopefully someday we can give the bell a more fitting memorial with an inscribed note, one that tells the true history of the Columbia Nazarene Bell. - Chris Bennett

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Scenic Adair Co., KY: A bell holds memories

2012-05-22 - 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The old bell in the front yard of Wheet Fellowship Hall
has special memories for the congregation of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene. For several decades it called members to worship when the church occupied a building at the foot of Jamestown Hill, historian Chris Bennett notes. That church burned to the ground, and the only thing salvaged was this bell. The congregation next moved to 310 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY, at the site of the current Praise Assembly of God. The pedestal was built by a mason hired by a former pastor, Chris Bennett says. The main buildings on on the church's impressive campus at 1200 Jamestown Street were constructed by longtime member Kendall Harvey, starting with the parsonage, then the sanctuary, 1972, and a few years later, Wheet Fellowship Hall. The congregation now numbers around 100 members in attendance each meeting, according to Cecil Hill Harvey, Kendall's wife. On June 24, 2012, she said, the congregation will welcome a new pastor, and his wife, Bro. David and Sister Summer Kemp, young folks who will come here from Nashville, TN. Click Readmore to learn the rest of the story on the church's recovery after the disastrous fire at the sanctuary at the foot of Jamestown Hill. -CM

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