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Morrison Camp Meeting returning for 149th year Friday

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Morrison Campground

For 149 years, people have gathered at 1000 Morrison Campground Road for the annual camp meeting in mid-July.

“The Morrison Campground Camp Meeting gives people an opportunity to get away from work and enjoy sitting around with people,” said Bradley Robert, chairman of trustees at Morrison Campground.

The weeklong event, filled with guest preachers, will begin on Friday at 8 p.m. with a service led by the Rev. Reuben Smith. Morning and evening services will take place every day at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. until the revival ends on July 23 after the morning service. There will be a Vacation Bible School that will begin at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday with special guest Zach Mathis of Calvary Baptist Church speaking on the last day.

“It’s a very traditional church camp meeting,” Roberts said.

Speakers will include host the Rev. Matt Terherne of Mizpah and Barnsley United Methodist Church of Kingston and the Rev. Reuben Smith, senior pastor of Rome Lebanon Baptist Church in Blue Ridge.

Also speaking will be the Rev. Gil Watson, the Rev. Bradley Prater and the Rev. Scott Aleridge.

On July 19, the Rev. Mikel Garrett will lead the service with music provided by the Dykes Creek Choir.

First time events this year will be a picnic dinner on the grounds on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. For those who wish to participate bring a bag chair and a side dish, Robert said. An ice cream social will also be held after the evening service on July 20, and is free and open to anyone wishing to attend.

The camp meeting is appropriate for all ages and is a family tradition for many who participate. When there isn’t a service going on, attendees can sit on the porches around the campsite and fellowship, or wade in Dykes Spring across the road.