The first two years of meetings at the Piedmont Springs Camp Ground on Possum Trot Road were held in tents. That was in 1932-33. By the time the meeting in 1934 came around, a large wooden, open air tabernacle had been constructed. Now, meetings are held in a large air-conditioned building that seats about 1300.
In the early years, many who didn’t camp out, slept in their automobiles.
The North Alabama District of Congregational Holiness Church Camp Ground is in its 82nd year of hosting Christians from Alabama and Georgia. In recent years, expenses have escalated to the point that a fund-raiser is necessary.
This year’s fund-raiser, a benefit singing at 5 p.m. on June 29, will feature three groups. There is no admission, but a love offering is requested.
Groups singing will be the Tredegar Trio made up of Leslie Stephens, Cindy Jeffers and Juanita Badgett, the Tradition Quartet, whose members are Dennis Christopher, Lee Dempsey Shane Harrell and Wanda Mobley, and the Gospel 3 and Bill, whose members are Linda Pittman, Larry Reynolds, Myra Reynolds and Bill Reynolds.
“We’ve been forced to go to fund-raising because of our expenses,” said Shirley Turner, district executive director of Women’s Ministries. “Our power bill alone is very high. Then, we have garbage, water, upkeep of the buildings and insurance.”
Camp meeting dates have been set for 7 nightly July 25-31 with singing each night. Speakers include Bishop Ronald Wilson, general superintendent Rev. Hugh Smith and Rev. Justin Griffis.
Rev. Wanda Murray is choir director, Sybil Smith is pianist, and Betty Newsome is organist.