Clay Hill Church given new life after renovation

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories “I don’t have a real family connection to Clay Hill Church but I am connected,” said Renfroe, who is deeply rooted in Pike County and feels a strong connection to the people and places of the county.Renfroe’s connection to the church is through his aunt Betty Hixon, whose great-grandparents, Emanuel Eli Deese and Elizabeth Deese are buried in the church cemetery.Churches were extremely important to the life of small communities following the Civil War and the people of the Pronto community came together in an effort to raise the money to build Clay Hill Church back.“A large pledge was needed to get the construction underway and nobody had much money,” Renfroe said. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Clay Hill Church given new life after renovation “Eli Deese upped and pledged $300, which would have been many thousands of dollars in today’s money.The story is that, on the way home, his wife, Elizabeth, asked him where he was going to get the money.She said, ‘We haven’t got it,’ and Eli said that, to get things going, somebody had to make a pledge. ‘The Lord will provide.’”The Lord did provide and Clay Hill Church served the community for nearly 100 years as a church home to the people of the Pronto area.Clay Hill Church is the site of the Old Christmas service of scripture and songs held annually on January 6 and The Gathering, an old-time, meetinghouse service, from time to time.The upkeep of the historic church is dependent on donations and offerings taken at the church services.The church building was in need of some rather extensive repairs and, as Eli Deese once said, the Lord did provide.At his death, Joe Sneed left money to Clay Hill Church and, through is generosity, the money needed for the repairs was provided.“Several members of the Sneed family are buried at Clay Hill Cemetery,” Renfroe said.“Joe Sneed often attended Old Christmas services at the church and he was very interested in the upkeep of the church and the cemetery.I think he would be pleased with the work that has been done.’Renfroe said his hopes are that now Clay Hill Church will be used more often so that people of all ages can know how people worshiped in years past and gain a great understanding of and appreciation for the old time religion. Email the author Published 8:08 pm Monday, November 26, 2012 You Might Like Familiar musician featured in new Lincoln movie “Lincoln,” the historical drama film directed and produced b Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln and Sally… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Clay Hill Church is an outreach church of Brundidge United Methodist Church where Renfroe and his family are members.Time and weather had worn taken a toll on the historic church that was built in 1875.The original church building was destroyed during the Civil War and it was through the dedicated efforts of the community that another church building was constructed. By Jaine Treadwell Skip Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Historic Clay Hill Church in the Pronto area of Pike County has been given a new lease on life.“Hopefully, now the church will stand for many more years but, then, it will be up to another generation,” Don Renfroe said with a smile.Renfroe is spearheading the renovation project with Ben English as his right-hand man. Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more