Church of Memories
This peaceful little church reminds me of my childhood in beautiful McDonald County, Missouri.
Like my Mother before me, I walked to Poplar Hill, a one-room country school which also served as our church. In the rural area between Powell and Cyclone, Poplar Hill was the gathering place for many community events and the center for most social affairs. Within the walls of this church/school are some of my dearest memories and I could fill the pages of a book with my cherished recollections of those long-ago days.
I also have fond memories of walking to a one-room church/school near Powell for Bible School. Along with my siblings, I eagerly set out on the 4 mile trek, walking barefoot on the dirt road and carrying my shoes so they would be nice and clean when I got there. It was a lovely walk for this little barefoot girl who loved the beautiful scenery and wildlife…until I got to the swinging bridge, which crossed over the crystal-clear waters of Big Sugar Creek. As soon as I took a few steps onto the bridge, the boys would start jumping up and down on it, making it twist and swing wildly. Even though I was afraid of the bridge, I couldn’t give up, because the church/school was in sight. I mustered up my courage and crossed the bridge, sometimes crawling, because I knew an exciting day awaited me.
I loved hearing the Bible stories and learning about the Bible heroes who displayed great courage and faith. They made my brave crossing of the swinging bridge seem “almost” trivial. By the end of the day, the boys, who also attended Bible School, were very repentant about their swinging bridge prank…until the next morning when I again stepped onto the bridge.
My favorite time, however, was Christmas at the little country church. We would cut a cedar tree and adorn it with hand-made decorations then the Christmas pageant would follow. (I loved to show off my immense talent at playing a sheep or donkey!) After the program each child would receive a sack of candy, fruit and nuts…a rare treat for us country kids. The evening ended with Christmas carols, and sometimes, as the last refrain of “Silent Night” filled the air, we would step out into the night and be greeted by soft snowflakes gliding silently to the ground.
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Linda is so busy sculpting and painting her Scarecrow Figurines and
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