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VBS in the 1950s

Vacation Bible School has been held for many years at Rocky Hill Baptist Church. The schools were held in the mornings, from 9 am to noon, and kicked off on the first day with a parade led by the flag bearers as the entire school marched down Highway 276 and up the steps to the double doors of the church.

Imagine attempting that with today’s traffic. There were far fewer cars, trucks and motorcycles in Cedar Mountain at that time, especially on weekdays, and only 70 families lived in the community. The roads were our bike paths and playgrounds as they were often quiet and level areas.

Kool-Aid and cookies were served at VBS until the last day when each child brought a sandwich from home and a picnic was held on the grounds with homemade lemonade and cupcakes. The schools were held for two weeks and a final commencement featured the classes standing in front of the church as they recited the books of the Bible in order, sang songs, quoted verses, etc…

Crafts included cigar boxes with dry paste shapes attached with white glue and spray-painted gold, wire coat hangers made into bird cages, decoupaged wooden plaques and plaster of Paris creations. Each year an anthem song was featured in the worship service and the younger children learned songs like “The BIBLE” and “This Little Light Of Mine” in class. Many of the children in the photo are now the adult teachers at the church and are from the Skerrett, Jones, Bishop, Lee, Whitson, Seay and Baynard families.

The clapboard siding on the church was later covered with a brick veneer, the steps leading to Highway 276 were also covered and a vestibule now contains the double entrance doors seen in the photo.

The old clear windows with colored borders were opened on hot summer days and are now replaced by stained glass windows. The interior of the sanctuary, built in 1896, still contains the original poplar boards on the walls and high ceiling and the benches built from one large tree.

The wood was locally lumbered and processed at the sawmill nearby and the church was built by members to replace the first building from 1875. VBS will take place again this summer, beginning on July 10. We will enjoy the air conditioning, the suppers prepared each night in the comfortable Family Life Center, the media and monitors playing the music and dramas, the slip and slide with water provided by the Cedar Mountain Fire Department, the zip line and, of course, sliding down the huge rock beside the church.

We will still remember the good old days when we were the children marching on the highway to VBS.

VBS at Rocky Hill Baptist Church 2022

The Sparks Studio Vacation Bible School will kick off on Sunday, July 10, at 5 pm with a slip and slide followed by a hot dog meal with our families at 6 pm Monday and Tuesday nights craft, music and recreation rotations will begin at 6: 30 and end at 8:30 pm For more information call Patty Stahl at (828) 885-2498. Come and join us!

Christine’s Corner

Family Reunions

There are several family reunions in Cedar Mountain going on this summer. Most missed the last two years due to the pandemic. I attended the Heath/Taylor reunion on Saturday where I met Courtney “Bud” Heath, Jr., who’s grandfather lead the choir at Rocky Hill Baptist Church in 1906! Bud is in his 80s now but still sang out in a strong bass voice as we gathered around the piano at the community center. Bud his wife and son of him, Court III, live in Easley, South Carolina now.

Met By Love

On Highway 64 in Pisgah Forest, directly across from the Fish Camp restaurant, is a store called Met By Love Ministries. There’s a grand opening banner across the building. Having received a birthday gift card to use there I went last week and was very surprised and pleased to see the beauty inside and the huge selection of gifts, cards, t-shirts and other items this store offers! It is open at 10 am everyday except Sunday and I encourage you to drop in and let me know what you think, I highly recommend it.

A Blast

At dog training class last Thursday in Hendersonville I arrived early enough to meet the leader of the conformation class that was going on before my pup’s obedience class. She is from Brevard!

Wearing a colorful patchwork jacket and a watch with enough bling to light the room, I liked her immediately. And she makes fudge! This energetic lady owns a store on Main Street in Brevard called A Blast From The Past. Imagine meeting her for the first time in Hendersonville, doing something good for others. That’s how we Transylvanian’s are, right? Her breed of choice from her is the sweet, tiny butterfly ears dog Papillon. Go see her!

July Celebrations

July is almost here so if you want to be immortalized for a minute please send me your July birth date and/or anniversary, and I will publish it right here in the Cedar Mountain News. You may call me at (828) 885-2103 or email

Class Sign-Ups

If you want to learn a new gourd craft here in Cedar Mountain please sign up now at

The 10th annual Mountain Gourd Gathering will be held at the Family Life Center from August 11 to 13. Hope to see you there.

Faith Chapel Service

This Sunday, Faith Memorial Chapel welcomes The Rev. Dr. Steven P. Eason. Steve is a Presbyterian pastor, author, pastoral counselor, consultant, coach and teaches preaching in the Zick Preaching Scholars Program. Ann Marie Bates will provide wonderful selections of music. Service starts at 11 am All are welcome.

Faith Memorial Chapel is located about 1/2 mile up Stone Lake Road in Cedar Mountain.


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