Friday, September 22, 2006

The Little Country Church

I have always had an appreciation for the architecture of the little country churches. They are so different from the mega churches often built today. These little churches seem so serene, as though the problems of the world have passed them by. Many of them are quite picturesque as well. They are often accompanied by a small grave yard. As you wander through it you will find many generations which have made this church their spiritual home and are now at rest, buried beside their ancestors.

These churches house small congregations as well, usually less than one hundred and frequently much less. Unlike large churches where one may attend for years and never learn everyone’s name, here all know one another intimately. Everyone regularly attending soon becomes like family members and the term “Church Family” has a very real meaning.

I grew up in a small church and vividly remember the Sunday School classes, the preachers pounding the pulpit, revival service with dinner in the church basement at its conclusion. I remember the Sunday afternoon hymn sings where the local talent would give their rendition of the good old gospel songs.

If you have never attended worship at a Little Country Church and you have the opportunity, do it! You will be glad you did. You may find yourself with a whole new family of friends.


photowannabe said...

Amen to that. My church is a small inner city church in San Francisco and we are truely a family, not gossipy and snoopy, but friends supporting and caring for each other.
Beautiful little white church in the vale.

Lucy said...

What a beautiful church! My church is small as well--it's been growing a lot over the past few years but it's still small enough for the people to know nearly everyone, and most very well. I've been blessed to go there my whole life so I've been around for many changing seasons and have fellowshipped with many there for years and years. It really does become a family and I'm very grateful for it!
It's not as pretty as this church though. :-)

Coy Hill said...

Come on Luce, don’t be fibbing to us! You couldn’t have went there for years and years, your only twenty! :-)

Lucy said...

But Salty, we're talking two whole decades here! The false teeth are just around the corner. ;-)

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Good shot.