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Old 04-27-2020, 08:01 PM
Location: Denver
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Originally Posted by Crazybreakfast View Post
I'd echo some of what has been said here- if you are looking to go to an old school small town it may be hard to adapt to the culture.
They may have more than a few small churches but small communities where you can find close-knit groups in my experience would be- Hammond, Louisiana; Clarksville, TN; Lebanon, TN; Bisbee, AZ; St. Johns, AZ (this is a mormon community though); Kingman, AZ; maybe Gallup, NM; Midland area, TX. Fairhope, Alabama is pretty small but a lot of the people there are retirees and not sure how religious the community is. Bisbee also is not terribly religious from what I remember.
I think perhaps Bakersfield, CA or Fresno may have what you're looking for but on a bigger scale.
If I think of more I'll try and comment again. Best of luck.
Hammond has far more than 2 or 3 churches. A better but seemingly questionable location is the much much smaller town like Kentwood and those like it. But she won't be as welcome as she probably thinks she will be.
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Old 04-27-2020, 08:30 PM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Originally Posted by EckyX View Post
My 2 cents: If you weren't born there, forget about moving there. A small community in a larger town will be more open to outsiders.
Colorado has a lot of transplants; only 42% of the residents were born here. Probably easier than most places to move to a small town and fit in. My town has 3 churches, I think, but it's actually a suburb of Denver, not a true "small town" (Louisville, CO).
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Old 04-27-2020, 11:00 PM
Location: Putnam County TN
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Originally Posted by certaincircles View Post
Hi! After this CoronaVirus Ends & Social Distancing or LockDown is lifted I'd like to visit those Small Towns in the South or Midwest or Southwest that only have 2 Small Churches (or 3 Small Churches the most).
I know watching Christian movies that show those Small Towns that have that Intimate Small Churches may Not be real, but I Really like to Explore where in a Small Church there is a Family sense where you know the person next to you.

Someone told me online that you could find Small churches Anywhere, but I mean in a SMALL Town kinda like people know you & They WORK TOGETHER when something needs to be done like in a church setting. For e.g. there's a Christian movie named "Welcome to Paradise" where the Small Church has a new minister - i.e. actress Crystal Benard who Comes from a Big Church 2 hrs. away from the Small Town named "Paradise". She's a Personal - Liberal Minister who's into Interacting w/ the congregation in her sermons, but she gets in trouble w/ her Lively sermons & 2 Bishops/Priests Fire her from the Big Church & sends her to "Paradise" Church where she'll fit Better in a Small Town in a Small Congregation. She goes to the small town of "Paradise" & throws a "Potluck" event as well as being a Minister & when the Church burns down she & the rest of the town who is the Congregation All work together to build up a New Church.

Another quick e.g. is I was watching a Christian movie about a little girl who comes home from school. Her mother calls her @ home letting her know she'll be coming home a little late b/c she has to get some groceries. The little girl's grandfather (her mother's father) visits the little girl & is determined to find her mother b/c he has something important to tell her urgently. The girl & grandfather go to grocery store & can't find mother so they decide to go back home. They get on a bus & they fall asleep & miss their stop & get off the last stop. To make long story short the rancher they meet drives them to a church Named "Bluegrass Church" where they decide to call & wait for the little girl's mother there to pick them up.

I looked up where this church is & if it it Exists or if it was made up just for the movie. It DOES Exists & it's in Indiana in a Small Town. This is what I mean. The movie Does look like it's in a Small Town & when I looked @ the Church in Google Maps & it looks like - like in the movie in a Rural area on country road.

So, I don't know if this type of scenario Exists or if it's just "Hollywood" using this as a Fairytale setting to create a Christian movie.


Could someone give me a list or name some Small Towns in the South, or MidWest or SouthWest that would have like 2 (or 3 Small Churches the most) Churches where everyone knows each other?

Where you would know the person sitting next to you?

Where the congregation of people is Intimate & is like a Family?

Plus, I also love how a Small amount of people in Youth Groups are shown in Christian movies as well. How they also are like a Family.

I'm thinking of Living in a Community like this - being involved in a small church (& maybe a small youth group w/ kids).

Please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. I'm open to any suggestions.
Check out Granville, Tennessee.

Granville is about 1.5 hours east of Nashville and has three churches:


Granville has been around since the 1700s. Its little downtown area is on the national register of historic places, and the nightlife revolves around the general store/diner which has been around since 1880 and has live bluegrass music in the summer. Its claim to fame is it's the birthplace of Al Gore, Sr. It's also on a large lake, so boating and fishing are very popular. A lot of people from Nashville have built weekend cabins in the area. I go there a lot and always enjoy talking with the locals who are very friendly and welcoming.

Pics from wikipedia:

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