I was driving out of Cordele, Georgia before sunrise one morning and spotted this Baptist church off to the side of the road. It’s another one that I haven’t been able to find the exact age.
Florida’s McIntosh Christian Church was built in 1903 and is mostly original, including the stained glass and pews. Another interesting feature is the open bell tower where the bell still rings before the weekly service each Sunday morning.
A German immigrant named Conrad Ehrhardt founded the South Carolina town with the same name in 1851. Despite the story that says he arrived to the U.S. with only 25 cents, he promised that if God allowed him to prosper in his new land, he would build a church. He opened a mill, and although it took awhile, the Ehrhardt Memorial Lutheran Church was built in 1904. He died in 1908 and luckily he has this church to memorialize him, since his old home was demolished and the property it was on is now occupied by a shopping center.
Iceland is an old country and has had churches for over 1000 years, but the Protestant churches you’ll see if you visit are typically 50-150 years old. I stopped at a few as I passed them in various parts of the island, but have limited information on each. Although there are still a healthy number of churches standing, Iceland has become decreasingly religious over the decades, and I didn’t see any in use while visiting.
Here are a few spotted along the way.
Vik Church was included in an earlier post.
South of Augusta, in Waynesboro, Georgia is Metropolitan Baptist Church. It’s a couple blocks off of the main street through town. So far, I haven’t found its age or anything about the history. Other Waynesboro Churches include Haven Memorial Methodist and First Presbyterian.
What’s now known as Sharon Methodist Church, in the small town of Sharon, Georgia, was built in 1903. This congregation organized in late 1886 after previously having been affiliated with a another nearby church. The Victorian style is quite a bit different than other Protestant churches in this part of Georgia. It’s only a couple minutes away from Locust Grove Catholic Church featured in an earlier post.
Salem Methodist Church in Sumter County, Georgia was organized in 1836. This building, built in 1895, was the third church on this spot close to the town of Americus. Later, Sunday school rooms and a social hall were added. I took this photo early on a Sunday just as the pastor was arriving to open up the church.