~“A tortoise in the offering plate”~

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM.

The Moss Hill Church is actually in an area that is about three miles southeast of Vernon, Florida. So you might say that it is in a suburb of Vernon, a suburb once known for its Indian population.

The Holmes Valley Methodist Mission was responsible for the church and its actual origination was somewhere between 1821 and 1825. The actual building standing today was built in 1857. The Moss Hill Methodist Church has been refurbished over the years, but still has a rustic feel. It is truly beautiful and a site that is worth going out of your way to see.

The sign out front notes that services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 2:00 PM. The time of the service seems to corroborate what my Grandmama said about “those Methodists.” She said they like to stay out late on Saturday night and to watch out not to let children take communion because the grape juice they dole out is the “real stuff.”

Honestly, I’m sure the congregation shares a minister with at least one other church, probably more.

Standing in the church, it’s easy to think about all of the folks that have worshipped there, been married there and had funeral services and been buried in the cemetery out on the grounds.

The graveyard has a number of Civil War soldiers in it and their service will forever be lauded. War is a terrible thing, no matter when, where or how, but those who gave the ultimate sacrifice should never be forgotten.

An interesting tidbit about the land around the Moss Hill Church, a fellow by the name of Igdaliah Wood requested and was granted title to the land in 1861 after the beginning of the War Between the States. Union President Abraham Lincoln granted the request on December 5, 1861, almost a year after Florida had seceded. That's just odd.

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