After such a fun-filled Friday & Saturday, I was so excited to attend church on Sunday – Resurrection Sunday! In a city FULL of churches it only felt natural to visit The First Baptist Church of Charleston! The history of the “meeting houses” in Charleston is worth a visit and FBC has captured the feeling of history in their “new building” – it’s 150 years old!
The church was 1.2 miles away (based on Google Maps) but I had to add .75 miles to reach the land based “point A” on the map (see Charleston post for explanation). Based on those calculations and the previous days of “walking therapy” I simply planned to attend church alone, Charlie was d.o.n.e. with walking! His feet were tired, ankles felt weak – just all around worn out. He missed a good service!
I took the scenic route to church – trying to drink in the historic homes, lovely gardens, majestic trees and warm sunshine – knowing this was our last day in Charleston. Because the homes & gardens were private property I didn’t feel right taking pictures but I did enjoy the quiet time!
Once inside the church I choose a seat in the middle – it was still early. Then a truly Southern Lady – complete with Easter hat – sat with her family in front of me. Hmm…I smiled to myself and politely moved to the far right side of the sanctuary. The pews were shorter and seemed designed for 2-3 people. Also…all pews had doors on the ends! You had to open the hinged, pew-height door and step into the foot space! Think: Revelation 3:20 “…If anyone hears my voice and opens the door…”
I’m not sure if that’s the reason for the door pews but that is exactly what I thought when I saw them.
So, I’m sitting in my second spot and a smiling, happy lady asks to join me. Of course!! She’s from South Dakota!! She’s been in Charleston for a few weeks on business and her husband is in Mississippi on business! Again…the farther you travel, the smaller the world becomes!! Today was her second visit to The First Baptist Church and I was so pleased we met! Connie is a tour manager and had so much information about various places…but she didn’t know about America’s Great Loop! And now she does! I wish we had more time to visit but I’m still blessed to have shared such an incredible service with such a wonderful lady. Great to meet you Connie!
As this Easter Sunday draws to a close, let us never forget the ultimate free gift we’ve been offered. Have you accepted it?