ELIZABETHTON — This March has been a distinctive just one for the Stoney Creek Baptist Church.
The church was organized on March 9, 1822, so the church is celebrating 200 many years of existence this month. The church is celebrating the event this Sunday, inviting former users and other mates to arrive and celebrate with the congregation in the course of morning worship.
People who have photos involving church actions and church users from the earlier have been requested to bring them to the specific assistance so other folks can see the heirlooms and share the memories the photos unlock.
It should be a unforgettable day, but the church historical past has impressed heaps of other recollections, like the founding of a volunteer hearth section.
A lot of what follows has been taken from the notes that the occasion organizers have produced of these documents and archives.
It all began back again around 1820, again right before there was a Peters Hollow Egg Fight. Back again then, the Stoney Creek local community was nonetheless staying settled. There was only a single church in the region, Sinking Creek Baptist Church, the oldest church in Tennessee.
In July 1820, a team of Christians began assembly in the house of Thomas Evans on Stoney Creek, throughout the creek from wherever the church would be located. This conference was section of a mission get the job done of the Sinking Creek Baptist Church. The culmination of this mission operate was the corporation assembly of Stoney Creek Baptist Church on March 9, 1822.
A Spinnerette short article on Stoney Creek Baptist Church printed in December, 1949, discusses the job played by Sinking Creek in encouraging the expansion of the new church. It quoted from the Sinking Creek Church documents that said users of its church from the Stoney Creek local community had been “at liberty to join” the new church.
There ended up 24 constitution customers, and just about all of their last names are nevertheless generally discovered in Stoney Creek the local community and the church currently. Names like Thomas Evans, Elizabeth Nave, Abigail Bowers, Lydia Taylor, Jacob Cole, Samuel Musgrave, Joseph Cable, Anna Buckles, and Joseph Cable.
A compact log church was developed and the initially pastor was Reece Bayless.
One more historic effect of the early church was that when the Watauga Affiliation of Baptist was organized in 1868, Stoney Creek Baptist Church was just one of the unique 14 churches in the association’s membership. At that time, the church experienced 109 users. A frame constructing was also created and served as the church for the subsequent 50 several years.
The church experienced a fireplace In 1910 and early church data were burned. A new, much larger church developing was erected in 1910. Other buildings have been also extra. In 1936, the church was transformed and Sunday university rooms were being added on. In 1947, the parsonage was constructed. In 1966, the brick instruction constructing was built.
The making pattern continued, with a new sanctuary designed in 1970. The church had a setback on Nov. 25, 1970, when the aged body building that experienced been the next church building in 1910 caught fire. Even though the new sanctuary was crafted, there was a large amount of be concerned the hearth would distribute to the parsonage and other church structures. At that time, there was no arranged volunteer fireplace section in Stoney Creek.
The church notes explained that a person member, Uncle Jim Hyder, called on the town of Elizabethton to assist preserve the rest of the church properties. Hyder was instructed the metropolis could not send the fireplace vehicles and firefighters into the county. The notes explained “By the grace of God, the mayor took the accountability for the fire vans and firefighters. The new church and the parsonage have been saved, praise God.”
The notes do not establish who the mayor was, but a research of the Municipal and Technological Services web-site lists the Elizabethton mayor for 1970-71 as J.I. Cornett.
The notes ongoing the story by stating the congregation satisfied in the new church on Nov. 26 for prayer and best increase God for staying with the church.
The encounter experienced an speedy affect on the people of Stoney Creek, no matter whether they ended up customers of the church or not. Powerful assist was given to forming a volunteer fireplace department. The Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Section was shortly arranged less than Main Clifford Peters. The firehall is located in sight of Stoney Creek Baptist Church.