Long Point Missionary Baptist Church

On August 12, my church celebrated it’s 69th Homecoming.  We enjoyed special singing, preaching, dinner on the grounds, and more special singing.

Long Point is located in Spencer Curve, a small community between Pageton and Anawalt.  The church was built in 1943 and started by the Blevins family of Spencer Curve.  In the first year, the attendance was 144.

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Long Point Missionary Baptist Church, Spencer Curve, WV

The church stood through the flood of 2001.  Water entered into the church by way of the basement door and exited only through one small window pane.  The rest of the water, the church held.  The church’s basement filled with the muddy water and came within an inch of flooding into the sanctuary, but that is where the water miraculously stopped.  That water line is left on the baseboard that leads downstairs to the basement.  Spencer Curve residents suffered great loss in the flood.  Three of the five houses that surrounded the church were a total loss.

With the help of other churches from different states, the church basement was repaired and is even better than before!  Because everything had to be torn out, the opportunity to install heat and air conditioning became available!  No more cold OR hot Sunday school rooms!  It used to be so cold downstairs on those wintry Sunday mornings and so hot during vacation Bible school.

Long Point Missionary Baptist Flood Repairs

All of the stairs had to be replaced inside the church after the 2001 flood.

Not long after the flood repairs, the church was able to add an elevator on the right side.  This has proved to be a great investment as the church sits high off the ground with many front steps to climb.  The elevator has been an opportunity for many who couldn’t climb those stairs be able to attend services.  A restroom was also added upstairs.

I can remember when we used to have to set out chairs for all the people that would attend homecomings, when attendance was in the 140’s and 150’s, Bess Yates playing the piano, the young people’s choir, our Christmas plays, and most importantly, the Spirit of the Lord filling that entire church.

When I see all the closed churches in the county, it truly breaks my heart.  I know how the people that attended these churches truly loved their church and the Godly messages they received in those walls.

I could write a novel about this little church, as it holds such a special place in my heart.  However, I will stop here…… for now.

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About Renee Bolden

I thank the Lord for saving my soul and giving me His unspeakable gift -- the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 2 Corinthians 9:15. I thank Him also for the ability to take photographs and the means to complete each photographic task. Without His guidance, I could not accomplish anything. I pray that my work will reflect Him. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." I Corinthians 10:31. I am married to a wonderful, supportive, and loving man. He has encouraged me to begin taking photographs and has faith in me that I will succeed. I have a nine year old little girl who is my life. A hug or smile from her thrills my soul. She is such a special person to everyone she meets. My family and friends are a huge encouragement to me. They have all allowed me to take photographs of them and their families and assisted me in gaining a lot of experience. I love taking photographs. I love the reaction of my subjects when they see my photographs. Not only have I given them something to remember and cherish, but they have given me the same. View all posts by Renee Bolden

7 responses to “Long Point Missionary Baptist Church

  • Hobart B. Stephens

    We love your preacher…Bro. Don Farmer. He has preached several meetings for us. He is a great man of God. I have enjoyed reading your post. Have a good day.

    Bro. Hobart B. Stephens, Music Director,
    Tabernacle Baptist Church, Greenville, SC.

    • Renee Bolden

      Our church is very grateful to have Donnie as a pastor as he is a great preacher and teacher. He knows more about the Lord and His Word than any one I know. We are always learning. Thanks for your comment!

  • Ken Goss

    I recognize this church!!

  • Ken Goss

    I loved reviewing all of your pictures and stories. I will be back to read more. 🙂

  • Jess & Donna Goss

    Jess Goss— My Mom & Dad were charter members of the church.(Lee & Myrtle Goss) Mom was Church secretary from 1943 until the late 1960’s when she moved to northern Va. Most of our family was baptized in the stream up Crozier Hollow Rd, My wife Donna and I visited the Church late last summer the wenesday before the reunion and it looked beautiful around there. We had a very nice visit with Frank Martin and Ive Mitchem, they had just finished mowing the whole bottom… I have a lot of fond memories of the Church and the members of that time period. It was our social outlet, we looked forward to Sundays and BYF meeting.

    • Renee Bolden

      I asked my aunt if she remembered your parents, and she did. Her husband is Sam Goins. It was his grandparents, the Blevins, who were founders of the church. I”m glad you remember the church so fondly and that you got to visit last year. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the church and we would love to have you visit again for Homecoming this year. Thanks for contacting me!

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