Pam Dudding Contributing writer
Although there are no Sunday or Wednesday services and the lot is empty most of the time, there are still two annual events where locals pack Old Salem Church on Route 42 in Craig County to attend. People love that the building only holds standing room events.
Jean Bradley and many friends and relatives help to keep this tradition alive.
Olde Salem Church was established in 1883, and the first Christmas Candlelight service was held in December 2001.
Ever since, just one Christmas has been missed, and that was due to bad weather.
The church hosts two annual events that garner a lot of community support: a homecoming picnic in the summer and a Christmas Candlelight service in December. “We continue this because it seems so many would be disappointed if we didn’t,” Bradley said.
People attend every year from all corners of Craig County. Some even drive in from other states for the special occasion.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday, August 18.
The entire community is invited to the potluck. “There’s always so much food to choose from,” many attendees have shared. “But there is always plenty of leftovers too.”
The potluck will begin at 1 p.m., and the service will follow at 2 p.m. A special message will be given by the new pastor of the New Castle Christian Church, Sheldon Cosma.
Said Bradley, “Everyone is welcome.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chair, favorite dish and enjoy a relaxing and fun afternoon.