Church undergoing physical, spitirutal revival

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By Karey Smith

The renaissance of one of Harrison Countys oldest buildings has somehow been kept under the radaruntil now.

Perhaps better known for its original name, Endicott Meeting House, the members of Indian Creek Baptist Church have been hard at work restoring this historic building and the hope for its future.

The Endicott Meeting House history reports several initiatives in its years to maintain its survival. Long at last, the church is now focusing on its expansion and hope instead of merely seeking the means to keep the doors open.

The Rev. Tom Moore has been serving as Indian Creek Baptists pastor for nearly six years. Before Moore began his ministry at the church, the doors were only open for monthly services.

Upon his appointment, Moore began holding weekly services for three or four members. It took some time for news to spread, but most members discovered Indian Creek Baptist through a visit or invitation.

A couple of years ago, the church attendance was flourishing again. Stop in for a Sunday church service now and expect nearly 30 people in the original wooden pews.

The church members have been dedicated to restoring the Endecott Meeting House building and preserving the reverent simplicity encapsulated in this serene place.

More than a year ago, the church addressed problems with the buildings foundation.

Over the years, the front corner of the church had begun to sink, causing cracks in the floors and walls. During these renovations, one side of the churchs plaster walls had to come down for the repairs, exposing the original logs erected in 1790, the year the church was built.

Sitting in the wooden pews staring at such history evoked an indescribable appreciation among the church members.

Other renovations included a new roof, vinyl siding, new shutters and windows, a handicap ramp, the addition of two new Sunday school rooms and, most appreciated, indoor plumbing for a new bathroom.

An organ and piano have also been donated.

Throughout each new phase of repairs and restoration, the austereness and humbleness of the church building has not been tampered.

It seems that perhaps this is what has drawn so many to the church. Within the walls of this 218-year-old building is an uncomplicated faith, blind to time.

No fancy sound equipment will be found nor will state of the art visual productions be illuminating. But an organ and piano will accompany a host of believers and the sound of worship reverberates through the open windows welcoming weather of all sorts.

The members of Indian Creek Baptist Church welcome the community to join them for a dedication service and open house on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, from 3-5 p.m.

The church has also invited the Cynthiana Arts Council to host its annual Autumn Afternoon Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. More details will be available at a later date.

Each week Indian Creek Baptist Church holds Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., worship service at 10:45 a.m. and evening service at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are held at 7 p.m. The community is always welcome.

For more information, please call (859) 234-6359.