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Spring Creek Baptist Church marks 125 years since brush-arbor foundingcomment (0)

November 29, 2007

By Anna Swindle

On Sept. 30, Spring Creek Baptist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary, complete with attire reminiscent of the 1880s and horse-drawn buggy rides.

Throughout the day, the gathering of about 175 sang, worshiped, ate and recounted the Butler Baptist Association church’s extensive history.

It all began when 13 charter members met Sept. 30, 1882, under a brush arbor. The congregation, which now comprises about 70 each week, has since occupied two different buildings in the same location.

“I think one reason our church was able to survive while other small country churches were dying out is the fact that so many of our members are descendents of our charter members,” said Barbara Middleton, the church historian and a lifetime member of Spring Creek Baptist. “Also we are a group of loving and hardworking people, and that has kept us going.”

The church has done more than just survive — it has flourished. Especially passionate about missions, Spring Creek Baptist has several missions-oriented groups including Acteens, Children in Action and Mission Friends.
The missions emphasis, however, doesn’t stop with the children and youth.

“It’s refreshing to see that every year, we meet or exceed our goals for missions offerings,” Pastor Allen Winn Jr. said.

“They are a very missions-minded group and are in tune with the needs of the rural community around them as well as international missions,” he explained.

According to him, being connected to the Spring Creek community has been a tradition of the church since its start. Currently Spring Creek Baptist members volunteer with local schools, hospitals and the AARP.

While the church has an active nursing home ministry, it is involved in less traditional outreaches as well. Winn pointed to the prayer ministry in partnership with a local school.

“The principal of the school keeps us updated on the school’s needs, and we pray for them every week,” he said.

In addition to missions, the congregation holds music close to its heart. In fact, Winn believes Spring Creek Baptist’s musical foundation has contributed to its longevity.

“The core of the church has always been music ministry in worship time,” he said. “I think the church understands the need to gather corporately to worship. That’s a mainstay.”

Gloria Hartley, a member for about 40 years, agrees that music is fundamental to her church family. “Our choir is just a small group, but we enjoy praising the Lord through song,” she said.

Winn feels that Spring Creek Baptist has a wonderful and strong group of people making up its membership.
Hartley agrees.

“Spring Creek Baptist Church is a very important part of my life, and I don’t know what I’d do without my church family,” she said. “The Holy Spirit has ministered to me so much through them.”

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