Clayton Baptist marks 200 years of praise, worship

  • Wayne Knuckles/The Clayton Tribune. Kathleen Arbitter and Linda Brandsma join the rest of the choir in song as Clayton Baptist Church celebrated their 200th anniversary Sunday.
    Wayne Knuckles/The Clayton Tribune. Kathleen Arbitter and Linda Brandsma join the rest of the choir in song as Clayton Baptist Church celebrated their 200th anniversary Sunday.
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CLAYTON—Even before there was a Rabun County, Baptists were gathering to worship in Clayton.

This past Sunday, Clayton Baptist Church held a special service to mark their 200th anniversary with praise, song, food and remembrance.

“The main thing we’re here for today is to tell our story,” said Pastor Joey Thompson. “I was reminded last week, the generation that enjoys the shade of the tree must be grateful for the generation that planted it.”

And what a story Clayton Baptist has to tell.

Instead of a traditional Sunday morning service, the church program was devoted to recalling 200 years of history and anecdotes.

Stories were told of how the church was founded and its long history in the community.

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