Brush Arbor to host revival

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 22, 2011

An old time brush arbor meeting is not something that is easily forgotten.

It’s a worship experience like no other and one that “stays with you always.”

“Back years ago, brush arbor meetings were commonplace,” Dwight Berry said. “People would put up an arbor and throw on brush and bushes to keep off the sun or the rain and the meetings would be a time of great revival.”

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Berry said a brush arbor meeting is unique in that it’s held outdoors – in God’s Great Cathedral.

“And there’s no better place to worship the Lord,” he said.

Berry said that the idea of having a brush arbor meeting was put on his heart several years ago, but it wasn’t until he shared his desire with a friend, Kimble Adamson about a year ago that it became a reality.

“Kimble told me that the Lord had put building a brush arbor on his heart, too,” Berry said. “We decided that was what the Lord wanted us to do, so we did it.”

Berry and Adamson built a brush arbor at Little Sandridge near Ariton and held a brush arbor meeting by the side of the road in June. The meeting was well received and many people encouraged Berry and Adamson to “prepare” another brush arbor meeting.

“Brush arbors meetings are inviting to those who prefer the informality of the worship setting and a lot of people have asked us to have another one,” Berry said. “We believe they are asking because that’s what the Lord wants us to do. Having another brush arbor meeting has been on our hearts, too.”

Berry and Adamson have prepared for an Old Time Brush Arbor Meeting Monday through Friday, Sept. 26 through 30 at Little Sandridge.

“Everybody is invited and we believe those who come will be richly blessed,” Berry said.

Services will begin at 7 p.m. nightly with guest ministers Mack King, Monday; Hollis Bradley, Tuesday; Ray Stinson, Wednesday; Bo Weed, Thursday; and Todd Smith, Friday.

“Special music every night will be by the Benton Brothers and Company and we’ll also have congregational singing of those old hymns that we all know and love,” Berry said “The Old Time Brush Arbor Meeting will be a wonderful time of worship and fellowship and everybody is invited.”

Seating is provided under the brush arbor but those who would like to bring lawn chairs are welcome to do so.

Little Sandridge is located about eight miles south of Brundidge and three-fourths of a mile east of Highway 231 on Highway 123 toward Ariton.