Sunday, April 09, 2006

The old country church

Let's hope that the preachers who ministered at the Missionary Baptist Church in Cades Cove were fiery orators. They had to compete for their congregants' attention with the pristine views of the Smoky Mountain forests through the windows behind the pulpit.

Worshippers who were called forward to affirm their faith in Jesus Christ passed by the cross laid out in brick on the floor, a reminder of the foundation of their faith.

Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves what remains of a mountain community, and affirms that faith was as vital to the community as hunting and farming.

Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.

4 comments:

~m2~ said...

you had to know i would love this - for it's simplicity - it always comes back to the Cross.

V. Schroeder said...

Wonderful photo. There's a church in the ghost town of Body, California that has this look inside. It takes you back. Thanks for the look into the past.

James said...

m2, I've been meaning to add to my portfolio of church photos. Glad you like.

v., thanks. And you're welcome!

Abby said...

My husband and I honey mooned in tennesee and this was one of our stops in the Mountains I loved this church and you did an amazing job capturing it!