By Carra Higgins
Closed for more than a year, Camp Creek Primitive Baptist Church at Flat Top is opening its doors for regular services once again April 14 at 10:30 a.m.
The church itself is 150 years old this year and its organization of members dates back to 1840.
Church Elder Tony Pack said several people in the community and other local churches helped members and leaders re-open the historic church for services. The 18-plus month closure of the church meant that utilities had to be turned back on and a fresh coat of paint has been applied to the interior walls. Pack also extended gratitude to Lowe’s of Beckley for its assistance in the renovation process.
As part of the April 14 service, church elders, including Norville Mann, will speak; and Samuel Walker will serve as pastor of the church. Pack added that the church welcomes all religious denominations and does not pass a collection plate. He says he’s hoping to see a large crowd for the service.
Primitive Baptists have kept their services the same for centuries and do not have musical instruments, Sunday schools, revivals, a paid ministry or programs of special emphasis directed to a particular group, Pack said.
Also, Primitive Baptists believe in “religious liberty” — believing that it is the right of every individual to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, he added. Members are often refereed to as “Old School Baptists” and “Anti-Mission Baptists” because of their adherence to the doctrines of grace and refusal to participate in modern mission programs.
The Camp Creek Primitive Baptist Church is located just off U.S. 19 along Ellison Ridge Road. For further information, call Pack at 304-222-5280.
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