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Old 04-24-2020, 02:57 PM
 
Location: New York
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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.

So,

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.

Last edited by JMT; 04-24-2020 at 05:20 PM..
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Old 04-24-2020, 07:53 PM
 
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You can find this in the Northeast as well, by the way.
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I would guess Mulhull, Oklahoma, Glencoe, Oklahoma and Meramec, Oklahoma. Towns that only have 2 or 3 churches are going to be pretty tiny.
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Old 04-24-2020, 09:19 PM
 
Location: New York
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You can find this in the Northeast as well, by the way.
Thanks ckhthankgod, but I LIVE In NYC! I NEVER Like Living UPSTATE NY & I DON'T & NEVER LIKED The COLD!!! I HATE SNOW & the Cold!!! So, I DON'T WANT TO LIVE in the NORTHERN STATES (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Mass., Rhode Island, Maine, etc.). & I DON'T WANT TO LIVE in FLORIDA (ESPECIALLY Since A LOT of it has become like "Another" NY State b/c A LOT of New Yorkers including my bro. has MOVED there). So, I'm EXCLUDING the WHOLE EAST COAST (NORTH & SOUTH & MID - EASTERN STATES).


I LIVED n Nashville, TN for 4 Months & I LOVED IT! The only reason I had to Move Back n w/ my parents in NYC is b/c I was working w/ a Career Coach down there & the strategy he gave me didn't go thru.

I Moved in Sept. 2013. Strategy was to get a Transfer from "Staples" here in NY & work @ "Staples" in TN. I would get off the plane & arrive in TN on Sun. start working @ "Staples" on Mon. & go on interviews @ various Temp-Perm Agencies. BY Oct. I would be Working Part-Time BOTH @ "Staples" AND a Temp-Perm job in Music Biz Co. Then BY NOV. I would LEAVE "Staples" & will be Working FULL TIME @ the Music Biz Co. Alone.

So, b/f I Left NYC I put only 4 months rent aside going by his Strategy thinking that BY Dec/Jan. I would be "Settled" in Nashville, TN. But his Strategy didn't happen & things didn't work out betw. us. I Didn't get that much Temp-Perm Interviews & I didn't Get ANY Temp-Perm Jobs. Therefore, I Ran out of funds & had to leave "Staples" & had no choice in moving Back in w/ my parents b/c I couldn't pay my rent.

I REALLY Wasn't happy moving Back. I FELL In LOVE w/ the Laid Back, Family like, NO PRESSURE, NO FAST PACED ENVIRON'T. I HATED Moving BACK to NYC. So, even tho' I wasn't in TN that long enough to make friends I REALLY WANT To LIVE in the SOUTH Or MID-WEST Or SOUTH-WEST. I LOVE THAT ENVIRON'T.

PLUS, yrs. ago I went to Austin, TX a few times & many moons ago (1999) visited Phoenix, AZ. So, I have an idea of the SOUTH & SOUTH-WEST states. So, I'm open-minded to exploring other states.

Some people I worked w/ told me that THEY LOVE the "city" (NYC), but I'm NOT a "CITY" Girl. Even tho' I have family friends whose children Live Upstate NY & my Other bro. & sister-n-law Live Upstate NY too, I APPRECIATE the Country Upstate NY I REALLY DON'T Like The COLD!!! I HATE SNOW!!!

So, I Prefer the SOUTH, MID-WEST & SOUTH-WESTERN States.
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Old 04-25-2020, 08:40 AM
 
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I would take Midwestern states off the list as well, given what you’ve said.
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Old 04-27-2020, 10:44 AM
 
Location: New York
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I would take Midwestern states off the list as well, given what you’ve said.
I think I'm confusing you so here are the states that I'm EXCLUDING & the states that I'm looking into LIVING in.

EXCLUDING:

My AREA:
NY, NJ, CT, NH, MA, VT, RI, & ME

EXCLUDING NORTHERN STATES:
IA, MN, ND, SD, MT, WA &
EXCLUDING:
**** NV b/c of Casinos/Gamblings too showy


EXCLUDING EAST COAST:
PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC, & FL

INTERESTED In LIVING:
OH, KY, TN, GA, AL, MS, IN, IL, MO, AR, LA, NE, KS, OK, TX, WY, CO, NM, ID, OR, UT, AZ, & CA

I hope this helps!!
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Old 04-27-2020, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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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.
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Old 04-27-2020, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Just find literally the smallest towns in those states. Done.
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Old 04-27-2020, 12:41 PM
 
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I think I'm confusing you so here are the states that I'm EXCLUDING & the states that I'm looking into LIVING in.

EXCLUDING:

My AREA:
NY, NJ, CT, NH, MA, VT, RI, & ME

EXCLUDING NORTHERN STATES:
IA, MN, ND, SD, MT, WA &
EXCLUDING:
**** NV b/c of Casinos/Gamblings too showy


EXCLUDING EAST COAST:
PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC, & FL

INTERESTED In LIVING:
OH, KY, TN, GA, AL, MS, IN, IL, MO, AR, LA, NE, KS, OK, TX, WY, CO, NM, ID, OR, UT, AZ, & CA

I hope this helps!!
I understood what you said. I would still get rid of IN, IL, NE, WY, CO, ID, OH and maybe a few others just in regards to what you said in terms of weather.
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Old 04-27-2020, 02:32 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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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.
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