Homecoming at Little Creek Original Free Will Baptist Church in Scuffleton.
It’s a little church. A sweet, warming, welcoming church. It’s my church. It’s your church. It’s God’s church.
We call it “Little Creek” and you can, too.
I transferred my membership to Little Creek when my husband, Shea and I were married. It has been my home church for the past 37 years.
This past Sunday, October 3, 2021, we at Little Creek celebrated our 293rd Homecoming. Little Creek is the oldest active church in the Free Will Baptist denomination.
Now, if you are not familiar with “Homecoming” you are in for a treat! I know it’s a thing in our area. Not sure where you are. Does your church have homecoming? Let me know in the comments and let me know what special things you do at your Homecomings.
What is a homecoming? Well, let me tell you…
Homecoming is a celebration, a big ole party that is talked about and advertised all year long. At Little Creek, Johnny M will begin announcing the next years homecoming the Sunday after this year’s homecoming. It’s always an exciting time. Although, this year was smaller than normal due to…well, you know.
Homecoming is a specific Sunday when all church members, families, friends, past members and anyone who has ever visited the church are invited to come for a special service and a meal on the grounds. A day when we all can get together,spend time together and share stories of happenings of the past year.
Homecoming is a time when during the service, we have a memorial for all the members who passed during the past year. Families of these people come and take part in the service by lighting a candle for that person as a short bio is read. It can be sad, and it can be a sweet, happy time, too.
Homecoming is a meal on the grounds. All the best cooks and some of us who are not a cook prepare and bring food, food, food and more food to eat after the service. This is when most of the interaction takes place. There is always, fried chicken, BBQ(eastern NC style), hush puppies, collard greens, corn that was put up in the summer, green salads and the famous congealed salad, cakes and cookies and puddings and sweet tea. To be more specific:
Nana’s 13 layer scratch-made chocolate cake – Nana’s fried chicken
Nana’s scratch-made pineapple cake – Nana’s homemade banana puddin’
**My mother-in-law is better than your mother-in-law : haha
After Jesus is shared, the food is eaten and all the mess is cleaned up, we go home for a long afternoon nap.
So, you are all invited to the 2022 Little Creek OFWB Church homecoming on October 2, 2022.
You don’t have to bring food. There will be plenty to go around.
Call for directions because wherever you are, you can’t get here from where you are. GPS always takes you to another location: haha