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8/12/2022 1:51:00 AM
Campmeeting Time

Wayne Howard

It's Campmeeting time--with Rock Springs continuing this week and Ball's Creek and Tuckers still to come.

Except for two occasions, the Rock Spring Campmeeting has been held annually at the campground in Denver since the land was purchased in 1830. This year's campmeeting began August 1st and cranked into high gear last weekend with Kids Day and the Big Sing last Saturday night (Aug. 8th). This Saturday (Aug. 13th) will be Bluegrass gospel night with the Primitive Quartet and Adam Rose. Sunday (Aug. 14th) will be the last day, ending with a farewell service Sunday evening at 6.

The Balls Creek Campmeeting starts this Sunday (Aug. 14th) with evening worship (7:30 PM). Nightly services will continue all next week. Rev. Eddie Andrews of 1st Baptist Church of Maiden will conduct the Monday night service; Rev. Matthew Seatle of Mountain View Baptist will preach Tuesday evening; Rev. Taylor Kale of Pursuit Church, Denver, will speak at a Youth Rally Wednesday night. The Balls Creek Campmeeting at Balls Creek Campground on Buffalo Shoals Road just southwest of Bandys High School will continue through August 28th.

The third of area campmeetings, Tuckers Grove, gets underway on Thursday (Aug. 18th) and will continue through the 28th at the campground on Highway 73 at Beth Haven Church Road. Tuckers has been canceled the last two years because of the COVID pandemic.

Tuckers Grove Campmeeting has for most of its history been the African-American campmeeting, but it was originally an integrated affair. An Irishman came to North Carolina to try to proselytize freed slaves and other free blacks into the Methodist church. He established what was called Seven Springs Campground near Brevard Chapel around 1869. In those days after the Civil War, blacks also attended Rock Springs, but the Ku Klux Klan's influence separated the races and the only blacks you saw at Rock Springs were there to clean up. The segregation left Tucker's Grove as one of many historically black camp meetings across the South. Now, while most of those attending Tuckers are black, you'll see quite a few white faces among the worshipers.

The Blessing of the Grounds begins this year's Tuckers Grove campmeeting Thursday (Aug. 18th) at 6:45 PM. A singing program is scheduled for Saturday night (Aug. 20th) at 7 and a Youth Sunday service at 6 PM Sunday (Aug. 21st). Bible study will be held from 5:30-6:30 each evening Monday through Friday Aug. 22nd-26th followed by an evening service at 7 PM. Tuckers also ends on Aug. 28th will 11 AM and 3 PM services.

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