Small country churches. have u ever been to one?

@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
United States
April 27, 2010 5:55am CST
I have recently started going back to church. I have always loved small country churches because i went to them w/my bigmama when i was a child.Everybody is so friendly& it is such a small congregation u soon know everyone if u didn't to start with. Two of my former customer & friends go there & have been going there all their life. Isn't that wonderful? The church i belong to has outgrown me. The last time i went there i did not enjoy it at all. I didn't know any of the songs they sang, noone welcomed me etc. They still sing all the old hymns i love at the one i'm going to now. Sunday night they started a revival & had a pot luck supper before the preaching started. U TALK ABOUT SOME GOOD FOOD. gOOD OL' SOUTHERN COOKING & U never saw so much of it.It had been years since i had attended a potluck supper like that & i really did enjoy it. Of course i blew my diet again.lol. I was just wondering do any of u attend a small country church? I wish everyone could do that a few times.It's great!!
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Apr 10
It is nice to go to a small church, the only thing is when some of them get in their little spats over things, it involves the whole church. It is a more at home feeling. I used to go to one, until one of the little spats disrupted the whole church and it turned into a mess.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Good morning Rob, thankls for your response. That has happened alot around here to. There is one denomination that has split up many of times & started a new church. It is sad when people can notget along especially in church. Have a good one.
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• United States
28 Apr 10
Grew up going to one. Not all small country churches are terrific places to be. The one I went to was Peyton Place. One pastor had affairs with a couple of women in the congregation. One badgered families and spread outright lies about them just because he didn't want them in HIS church. One pastor's wife had the nerve to pack up goodies supplied by the Red Cross after a tornado destroyed several homes. She sent the packages to her daughter in Texas! There was always a them vs. us feeling and gossip was the 'kind' thought for the day. By that I mean, you would hear some sweet Southern lady say, "That little sl_t, so-and-so, just does as she pleases. Her mama don't care. Bless her little heart." When a Southerner blesses your little heart, you have just been slammed!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
NO MA'AM, u are very wrong in what u said about blessing someone heart. I am from the south , tenneessee to be exact & WHEN I SAY BLESS YOUR HEART I AM NOT SLAMMING ANYONE, II'M SYMPATHIZING W/THEIR PROBLEM. U are way off base, lady. As for the church u went to , that's too bad they acted like that but u can't judge all small churches by that one. Seems u really have a problem w/the south, BLESS YOUR HEART.
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• United States
28 Apr 10
And I was born and grew up in Alabama. I don't blame all small churches as I said at the start of my post, not all small churches are terrific. By the same token, not all small churches are Gardens of Eden either. And, yes, ma'am, when most folks in our little town followed anything with Bless your heart, it was a slam - just like the one you ended your post with.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I didn't want u to be disappoined & have to change your great attitude,
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• United States
28 Apr 10
Yes and I miss the old time religeon I know we all grow and we are surpose to as long as it is the Word of God. I know alot of good people in churches but I also know alot that have forgotten the reason for going to church and that is Jesus and He said you would know them for they will speak on me{Jesus}. Sometimes we look at people more and other things but really we are to learn and grow with the Word to feed our Spirit and do what Jesus wants us to do. We all have a purpose. We all are given what to do. We are to spread the Word tell others. I know old songs can be sad at times but there is JOY in the Lord. The Joy gives you strength and praise. I do not like the sad songs but love the joyfully songs. And beautiful songs that tells and talks of Jesus. The good old tent revivals , now hardly ever mentioned, the schools?, the Law, alot of times forgotten and meaning. Yes I miss that. Small church? Jesus will add to that daily or as many that will seek and be sent. God Bless. good times,hard times, Jesus never leaves us.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Thanks for your nice response & u express yourself in a very good way. I love all the old hymns. They do make me sad sometimes but it's because they remind me of my grandmother. She loved to sing them. Hope u are having a great day.
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• United States
28 Apr 10
you are welcome anytime you ever need to talk to anyone I am around somewhere. Hope you have a wonderful day also.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Thanks for your sweet offer. The same goes to u.Have a good night.
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@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
28 Apr 10
It sounds like a wonderful experience! I would love to go to a church like that. We live in a huge city and it is hard to find the kind of experience you are referring to. We went to a few churches. They were so big that nobody even noticed we were there. We would like to go to a smaller church. My mother-in-law has recently found a church she likes, so we are thinking about going with her.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I hope y'all will start going w/your mil. I know that would please her to. I hate that coldness in a church like u were referring to. People should speak to u if u are in their church. i hope if u go u like it. Thanks for responding.
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@riyasam (16571)
• India
28 Apr 10
one cannot exactly call the chrurch which i attend as country church as i live in the city but it is equivalent to a country church as the member gather in a house and to say the least,it is fun where eveyone knows everyone and when we meet,its like family re-union.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
That's great dear, that's what matters that u have good fellowship there no matter whether it's in town ot the country. I'm glad u have a nice church like that. Have a good one.
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@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
28 Apr 10
HI Antiquelady, most of the country chapels in my country are no longer in use. They were either privately owned or else the rural community has moved from that area and thus are no longer in use. Lately most of them are being restored as they were left in ruins. I go to a bigger church. It is true that you don't know the other church goers but at the same time, it is nice to feel a part of a big community.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Good morning & thanks for responding. As long as u are happy in your church, that's the main thing. I am glad to hear they are restoring the chapels. I hate to see places go to rack & ruin. Have a happy day.
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• Philippines
28 Apr 10
hi antiquelady! i am one of a member of a small church., we have only 15 family family member, and about 70 person consist of adult,young people and children., we are really close to each other. we are happy as one big happy family in our church. and our goal is spreading other small churches in the provinces and in the mountain. and now we have already 4 churches in different areas, in a mountain area., our goal is to rich out poor people and to let there now about the Bible., mostly the member here is the indigenous people, they call them (no read no write).our pastor he is the one who conducted this small churches, and also with help of other member giving their financial support for this activities.,
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Good morning Cherwin, good for u,seems your church is just the kind i like. This little church i am going to doesn't have but 50 members so it to is just like one big happy family & i love that. Thanks for your response & have a great day.
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@GardenGerty (105498)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I attend a rather large church, that has had some turmoil the last year or so. On the other hand, I am fortunate. My brother pastors a small country church. So in a way, I belong to two congregations. I get the old and the new. It keeps me well rounded. My brother lives about three hours from here, but we try to visit often. It is not unusual that they ask me to participate in worship and sing something special. I think I have the best of both worlds.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
That is great, GG THAT U HAVE THAT FEELING. So u sind, do u. good for u, i'd like to hear u. I have always loved music & gospel has always been a fave of mie especially when elvis is singing it. Thanks for responding, happy wed. to u.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I did go to a really small church for many years and really liked it. I am not into the kind of churches that do revivals and don't like them. I'm not really much into "southern cookin'" either, what with my allergies I have to be so careful about food, and I don't like fried stuff much.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Hi Elic, I think small churches are great, i think. I much prefer then over a large church. I don't fry alot of things but i am a good southern cook if i do say so myself, lol. Thanks for your response.
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• China
27 Apr 10
I never been 2 a church yet. it barely have church around me, I am planning 2 go to a church in guangzhou next month, I hope 2 have great time there
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Hi, Thanks for responding & welcome to mylot. It is a good place to be. I hope u can find u a good church to go to. Church is a peaceful place to be. Have a good one.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I love small country churches. I have been to a few throughout my life. I have also attended biggerr churchs in the city. If i have a choice, I would prefer the smaller country church. People there seem to go more out of their way for each other. It is is a comfort in times of need.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Hello & thanks for responding. I just don't think u can find the same things in a larger church that u do in a small country church.I agree, they do go out of their way to be nice. Hope ur day is going well.
• United States
27 Apr 10
Though I grew up in Suburbia that was slowly turning into city we still went to a little country church, at least by how it ran. There where at tops 10 families maybe 12 at one point. We met in a grange hall with a moose and caribou head on the back wall always in attendance and it was great. Everyone was close, every function was like being at a family event and since we moved I have done nothing but look for that same atmosphere. Unfortunately it seems I grew up in an unique setting church wise.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
It sounds like a great church to go to. Wish u could find one like that where u live now. There is nothing like a small, country church in myopinion. Thanks for responding.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Apr 10
Since relocating to my present residence I have been attending the village church which is only a stone throw from my house. It is a small church, more like a chapel and I see the same people every Sunday attending mass. It is a small community and mass is conducted by a catechist in the absence of a priest who only come once a month. Oh..yes, they do have potlucks once in a while which I enjoy very much as I get to taste the different dishes prepared by the parishioners.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Thanks for your response, Zandi. I'm glad u have a good place to go close to u. They are fortunate to have u.
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
27 Apr 10
Good morning...dear JO, you are up early! I do hope you slept! I must admit..NO, I have NOT attended the ONLY church here, as a regular participant, as it is St. Andrews Anglican, a very English devout Church, but once about every 6 weeks they have a guest leader and I do attend when it is United! It is a lovely little Church, about 80 years or more old. JO...I am so terribly happy you are enjoying this outing, and enjoying the comfort and spirituality of the congregation...and that it is a safe place to make new friends and re-kindle old friendships. YOU GO GIRL...I am soooooo pleased you are happy there...and enjoying the good food, too! LUV & HUGZ!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Good morning my dear, good to hear from you. I bet the church there is beautiful, i love old buildings or anything that old. I am enjoying going. They really have some good cooks there , that's for sure. U have a good day. love & hugs to u.
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• United States
27 Apr 10
I have attended a small country church all my life. Same one. I did leave for a few years and attended a different one then went back "home". We were down to about 25 people in church and thought that was flooded! Now we are averaging 75 we have a different pastor and he is so energetic for 75 years old. He sure has made a difference in our church. I would be lost in a huge church, I like my little country church. This month my 10 year old granddaughter is going to sing "Amazing Grace". She is so excited but I don't see kids doing things in big churchs but maybe I am wrong. We always involve the kids in our services. We have a 3rd Sunday fellowship with a carry in dinner. We also have some after Sunday church.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
That is wonderful, glad u went back & i bet u are to. This church i am going to has a small congregation but everyone is so nice & i am really enjoying going. The preacher is a guy that his family lived by my grandmother & i have known him forever. I didn't even know he had made a preacher. Good for your grandaughter, would love to hear her sing. My sister & i use to sing when we were young in my grandmother's church. Now seems like i can hardly carry a tune. The dinners are such a nice thing to do & the food was so godd sun. night. I got tickled i carried a pot of white beans & ham. My friend carol told me how much one of the members liked them. He came & hugged me after we ate, i thought that was so sweet. He carried the beans home w/him, lol. Thanks for your response.
• United States
27 Apr 10
This Saturday we are having a work day at our church. I don't 'work' but I did volunteer to cook lunch for everyone! I teach Sunday School 3rd through 5th grades and I have a Wednesday night Childrens Bible class that I teach that is k through whoever comes. up to 15 years old! I have my 16year old granddaughter teaching the preschoolers for me.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
My goodness, that's a big volunteer to cook lunch for everyone. how nice u are. I can tell u are very involved in your church & that is wonderful.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
oh i so love them. especially if you get that feeling in them that you are close to God and his special people. some churches you go to you dont get the feel. but sometimes you go to one and say to yourself "this is it. im home Lord". im so glad you've found it. and southern cooking is my weakness. like grandma from KY used to make
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Apr 10
They aee great. I have friends that go there & had been there to a singing one time & i feel right at home. Wish u were close u could go w/me.Where did ur grandma live in ky? if i have ask u this before i'm sorry. I have a pea brain. I live ten miles to the ky. line & i may have told u that to.lol.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Apr 10
she came from Pikeville. but lived in portsmouth ohio, after they were married. right across the bridge from south shore,KY
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I have heard of pikeville but don't think i have ever been there. What was your favorite dish she cooked?
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
30 Apr 10
It's hard to find a small church, were you can go and not worry about what your wearing. When I was younger, I went to a not huge but not small church. We had our pot luck suppers and everyone had a say so on what the money collected at the end of the month would go towards. I remember growing up, my grandmother lived across the street from this really small black church. We were always invited, but my grandmother hardly left her house except to go food shopping. So we would sit on the porch and listen to the music. Got to love small southern churches, were the music is good and the sermons actually make sense. Not like these big churches today, were if you miss going at 9 you can always go to the later one at 10:30.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
30 Apr 10
I agree. The church i belong to here in town has outgrown me. I didn't even recognize the songs they sang last time i went. I like the old hymns that were sung when i was a child.I bet y'all heard some good misic sitting on the porch. Thanks for responding & have a great weekend.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
1 May 10
My old church would sing the old songs that fell into place with the sermon. Then we had the youth choir that sang more of the up beat contemporary christian music. It was really good music and loud coming from the church across the street from my grandmothers, she always said no need to go to church, you can hear it right on my front porch. Meaning, the preacher was a very loud spoken man.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
1 May 10
I love to hear good music especially the old gospel hymns. Hope your weekend is going good..
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Yes, I love small country churches! They are so quaint! I grew up in a large congregation. The one where I attend now is still considered small in number but we have a larger auditorium than what we did when I first started attending out there in 1974. In other words, we have built a new building in the last few years and it is so nice! I started going to this one because I felt like everybody was a lot friendlier than they were in the one where I grew up. I know what you mean about friendliness. We have a potluck meal once a month after services on Sunday Night and we have the best cooks out there! This coming Sunday is our friends day. We're supposed to invite a friend to come with us if we can. We're going to have Sunday School at 9:30, worship at 10:30, and a potluck meal afterwards. The evening worship will be at 2:00 instead of the usual 5:00. It just saves everybody from having to make two trips out there, if that makes sense. I always look forward to these things. Kathy.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Good morning Kathy, your church sounds great & THE KIND OF CHURCH I ENJOY GOING TO. I already knew some people that went there & have met some new people. The fellowship supper sunday night was so nice & sooo good .I really did enjoy it. I haven't felt like going back mon. & tues. night for the revival but hope to go tonight. I am usually pretty tiredby night time if i do much in the day but going to try not to do much today so i will feel like going. It is the last night for the revival. Your friend's day sounds wonderful. I wish i was close enough to go w/u. Have a happy day. hugs, jo
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
29 Apr 10
I wish you lived closer so you could come, too. Kathy.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
29 Apr 10
Thanks, Kathy. Wish i was to.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
3 Dec 10
I've actually never had the opportunity to attend a small country church because of the fact that I've always lived in an urban or suburban area. If I did live further outside of a city, I think that it would be a great opportunity to be able to attend a small church because I would really love to have the opportunity to feel like you knew everyone else in the congregation. In addition to that, I think that there is more of a feeling of being included with a smaller church.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
3 Dec 10
U have missed out on a great experience. Thanks for responding. Happy weekend to u.
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
4 May 10
I grew up attending small country churches, because I lived in small country towns. LOL I have sinced moved to a more urban area, but I live in an area that is still relatively small. There are a lot of small country churches around here, and my wife and I attend one. I have attended a few services and classes in bigger churches over in Pensacola, and some of them are really nice, but I still like the small country church atmosphere better...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
5 May 10
Thanks for responding, i feel the very same way about them. There is so much friendliness & warmth there it does your heart good.Happy days to u.