Big Four Methodist Church Update

On January 8, 2012, my mom (Caroline Mitchem), my aunt (Audrey Goins), and my daughter (Emily Bolden) visited the Big Four Methodist Church.  We were unable to go inside as the floor was starting to separate away from the door.  We peeked in as best we could, as there was a piano behind the door.  I took a few pictures as we visited, and was heartbroken at the condition this little church was in.

Big Four Methodist Church: January 8, 2012

As I had stated in a previous blog and article, this little church was special to me.  My Granny (Laura Gordon) attended that little church, with my mom, aunts & uncles in tow.  It is located just across the road from where they lived on Big Four hill.  My aunt Audrey remembers going to this little church as a child.

Passing by this fall, I discovered that the roof had collapsed.  It broke my heart once again.  Many people have told me they considered that little church to be a beautiful, country church.  My hope was that it could be resurrected to be a tourist attraction as a little coal camp church.  A place to show people that pass through what we used to have here and how things once were in McDowell.  We have such a rich history that is slowly crumbling away.

Big Four Methodist Church: November 28, 2012

This little church now stands as a shadow of what it was once.  The steeple that once pointed proudly to the heavens, has now crumbled into the body of the sanctuary.  The reason I call the sanctuary a body is because that is what it once held — the members of the church, which was it’s body.  The church’s Soul, however, is in Heaven, as it always was.  The Spirit of it remains here on earth, just not in those four walls.  That is my comfort.

I wish I had the money to reconstruct this little church, as the little coal camp church as it once was.  It would then erase this memory that it is now.  What a difference the ticking of the clock makes — whether it be to the good or to the bad.

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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

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