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Article on the 250th Anniversary Celebration from the
History in the Making:
honoring Barbecue Presbyterian Church’s 250th anniversary
was sponsored by Jimmy Love and David Lewis who are members
of the North Carolina House of Representatives. The
resolution was read three times and ratified by the General
Assembly on June 12, 2008. We thank Representative Love
and Representative Lewis for sponsoring the resolution. We
also thank the North Carolina General Assembly for ratifying
Read the complete resolution here.
A Brief History of
Barbecue, mother church to all the early churches in this
area, possessed with a dignity and heritage all its own, was
formally organized in 1758. The first church, a one room log
building, was erected in 1765. A larger one room frame
building replaced this one in 1775. The third church, which
is the present sanctuary remodeled and enlarged, was built
in 1896. In 1945 a building program was begun that changed
the one room church into the church of today. This program
was completed in 1958.
In 1965, the Young People erected a marker to “The
Stranger’s” grave and a Cairn of Remembrance, containing
stone from the old parish , Kirk and Flora MacDonald’s home
in Scotland. A Cemetery and Grounds Fund was set up and a
Heritage Room was organized.
In 1971, plans were made to
construct Barbecue’s first manse. On February 1,1975, Rev.
James Waldo Dodson, Barbecue’s first full time minister,
occupied the debt-free manse. A dedication service was held
on October 26,1975. Two years later on August 11,1977,
Barbecue’s first steeple was erected. It was on Sunday,
June11,1978 that a two-fold dedication service was held. The
steeple was dedicated and a playground and a paved
recreation area equipped with lights, was also dedicated.
Barbecue’s first missionary,
- Page Cameron, went to Spain in
August, 1984 to serve two years.
With the union of the
Presbyterian churches, rotation of officers began. The first
lady officers elected were
- Laura Shaw Cameron, elder in 1985
- Alta Warwick, deacon in 1987.
On Sunday, April 6, 1986,
Rev Peter Youngston, of our Scottish homeland of Jura,
Scotland delivered the sermon, part of which was in Gaelic.
Expansion Over the Years:
- The two paved parking areas were completed in 1986.
- In 1987,
a new organ was installed and additional acreage was
purchased from Mrs. Dave Godfrey, Sr.
- The organ was
dedicated July 24, 1988.
- The new fellowship hall was
dedicated March 22, 1992.
- The enlarged/renovated sanctuary
was dedicated March 3, 1996
Barbecue, endowed with a rich Scottish heritage, which has
stood for over two centuries, has been led by “God’s man at
God’s place in God’s time”. Deeply religious people, whose
faith and belief in God, has molded the church into what it
is today. Surely God is in this place.
Adapted from Colorful Heritage, Rev. James MacKenzie