Briar Creek Missionary Baptist rebuilding after fire

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

Briar Creek Missionary Baptist in Sneedville was destroyed by fire in March. The church is now being rebuilt.

Briar Creek Missionary Baptist in Sneedville was destroyed by fire in March. The church is now being rebuilt.

SNEEDVILLE – Briar Creek Missionary Baptist Church, a place of worship founded in the seventh district of Hancock County in 1882, was destroyed by fire on Monday, March 3, 2014. Since losing their historic building, the church congregation has been meeting at Seal Mathis Community Center on Tazewell Highway, thanks to the American Legion Post #183, current tenants of the community center building.

People and organizations have rallied around the congregation, donating time, labor, materials and money to the task of rebuilding. The basement is under construction. The congregation appreciates the help of those involved.

Briar Creek Church has a few fundraising projects planned. There will be a yard sale at the Farmer’s Market (Court Street) in Sneedville on Saturday, Aug. 30, as well as a carwash at Shepherd’s Corner (Jail Street). Both events will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Mel Welch is also available to pick up scrap metal with all proceeds going to the Briar Creek Building Fund. If you have scrap metal to donate, contact Mel at 865-254-7731.

Briar Creek Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Joe Davis, meets weekly, Sunday school beginning at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m., discipleship training at 6 p.m., and evening worship at 7. Bible Study classes meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

-From Contributed Reports

Headlines of the Day