On Sunday morning, people gathered at the new playground at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury to dedicate it to God and to welcome the whole community to use it.
Pastor Ken Hart led the dedication ceremony, emphasizing that the playground is open for everyone to use. In an interview with Fairbury News Now, Hart explained that he is very grateful to see the playground in place and for the church to play a part in improving the community.
“We’re very thankful. It’s nice to see how the Lord works and the way that this actually happened. I’m very thankful for the people who put a lot of love and energy into making this a reality and for our neighbors, and the children who can use the playground, no matter which church they go to, or if they don’t. It’s just there because God loves them,” Hart said.
Hart believes that the new playground will give kids in the area a safe place to play, and also opportunities for kids at the church to play during Vacation Bible School and other events. Hart emphasized that he would like the church to continue being active in Fairbury.
“This is some place where people can go,” said Hart. “It’s good in the sense that we had people working together for a good project that’s good for the church and good for the community. I like the idea that as part of the community we can contribute to the betterment of the community. Children in the area now have a place they can go where it’s safe—they don’t have to cross Highway 136 to go to the park. This is just part of us being part of the community, which is what the church is supposed to do.”
Amber Arner, who helped to organize this project is thrilled to see a majority of the project complete, and she is grateful to everyone who supported the project in any way.
“It’s exciting to see our whole church come together and be a part of something bigger for the community using our talents for God’s work. Now we can see the fruits of our labor. I think God puts it in our hearts to do something and to give back to others who maybe can’t,” Arner said.
She explained that they still have some minor parts of the project to finish, such as installing benches, trees and even a fence to separate it from the parking lot. She hopes that the additions will make the playground more inviting to families.
“This is for our community,” said Arner. “They have given us a lot of support, and God has given us that support too, so we want to give back whenever we can. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed whether monetarily, physically or even just by praying. It’s always helpful, so we are very grateful.”