POMEROY — Time takes a toll on structures and a small country church building on Silver Ridge in Eastern Meigs County, known as South Bethel, hasn’t escaped the inevitable.
The church building constructed 130 years ago on land purchased from Philip and Emma Hoffman for $25, is in such disrepair that it can no longer be used. The congregation now worships in the adjacent fellowship hall.
Recognizing that the cost of the restoration project is beyond the scope of the small congregation, but determined to move forward, members past and present, have pledged their time and money to restoring the church to a place of worship, and are now embarking on a fund raising program.
Pastor Linda Damewood said that every effort will be made to raise enough money to restore the church. She said the congregation would appreciate donations to help with the work. Meanwhile, they continue to look possible grant money.
The church has a history of being in continuous use since the day the doors opened in 1890. It was built with lumber donated from the farm of Abraham Bahr who history tells us transported the church bell in a horse pulled wagon from a site in Long Bottom to Silver Ridge.
Over the years the church has changed denominations and name but as pointed out in a Meigs County history book article written by the late Henry Bahr, it has always been dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Christ and to ministering to the needs of others.
The goal now, according to member Mary Bahr, is to raise enough money to restore the church so that the congregation can continue its work for another 130 years.
Any contributions to the church restoration fund can be mailed to Linda Damewood, pastor, Silver Run Church, 39280 Locust Grove Road, Reedsville, Ohio 45772.