Siouxland Religion, no matter how small, Winterset

15 May

Recently I drove to Winterset, Iowa, located in Madison County, where the “famed”  covered bridges are located and came upon a small church. The Primitive Baptist Church outside of Winterset doesn’t have a founding date on its sign near the roadway, but gravestones in its cemetery dating to the late 1800’s would indicate it’s been active for some time. The Primitive Baptist Church is a small group of Christians desiring to honor God in a simple way, as explained on a website about Old School Baptist religion. I had traveled during the week, so was not able to attend its service which a website states occurs on the 1st, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month. I always find it more interesting if you are able to meet people and learn something about a place when traveling, although, one may never know what you might encounter.

The simplicity of the building and the “unadorned” cemetery speaks to the simplicity about the church and its followers, praising God without a lot of visual and outright trappings, honoring him and Jesus much as early Christians must have done before churches became a bigger business. Finding the church sitting off the road was a nice little find. A place to pull into and walk around to enjoy the quiet and solitude before jumping back onto the highway and into stream of life.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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