EXIT of the DAY
EXIT 67 I-95 s: TO SR 17 & Harris Neck Road, Jones Rd in South Newport Georgia
In the South, churches are big business. Except here. Quick. Look over to the left. Did you see it? White with a little bitty steeple? Nope? Well that is because you just passed the smallest church in America. Actually I was joking. You cannot see it from the Highway. But the smallest church is off the next exit.
Being the smallest church in America is the claim of South Newport’s Memory Park Christ Chapel. Incidentally that is the same claim of churches in Upstate New York, in West Virginia, in Washington State, in New Hampshire and even 2 chapels in Iowa. Strikes me that all you need to do is measure to determine the winner. And being small, well it would not take too long. Anyhow I digress.
Built in 1950, the still active Memory Park Christ Chapel was constructed by local grocer, Agnes Harper.
The tiny house of worship is indeed God’s House. In fact, Agnes wrote out the Deed in the name of one “Jesus Christ”. Talk about having the best “landlord”!
Anyhow, the building measures just 10 feet by 15 feet. The interior has enough room for a shrimpy pulpit, a few chairs, and space for 13 people. Presumably that comes to a dozen worshipers, 1 minister, and of course, Jesus.
The tiny Memory Park Chapel is very inclusive. Truly Christian. It is non-denominational and open 24/7 — so all are welcome. Why not get off the upcoming Exit and check it out. Say a prayer even. Prayer is always good.
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