Have you ever been to one of those places where the minute you walk in, you feel welcome and at home. There is something magical about places like that. That is the experience i get each time I go to the Little Brown Church in Nashua. I have had the opportunity to attend many services, events and festivals at the church and with every return, I am amazed at the effort put forth in welcoming visitors.
The church is open from dusk until dawn each day and tours are available by calling the church office, or visiting the church website (www.littlebrownchurch.org). I highly recommend the tour. You will be amazed at the history of the church, the town that once existed nearby, how the song “The Church in the Wildwood” came to be synonymous with the “Little Brown Church”, and so much more. Simply walking around in the small empty church during the week you feel the love of the congregation wrapping its arms around you with the care that goes into providing a clean and welcoming building and experience. The tour just adds to the appreciation and connection you feel with generations of families that have kept the church going.
On top of all that, you can walk the aisles of the church which have been walked by more than 73,000 brides and grooms, each of them experiencing their special wedding day in a unique and personal service. They have so many weddings in their history that an annual marriage reunion is held at the church on the first Sunday in August every year. Last year marked their 60th year of having the festival. The festival is open to everyone, not just for those married at the church.
One of the things I most enjoy, is that each and every Sunday they hold a church service at 10:15, which starts with a old fashioned hymn sing a long, where you shout out the numbers you want to hear from a book provided as you enter the building. There are usually quite a number of people usually in attendance, many of them regular attendees, but oftentimes, especially in the summer months, visitors from all over the world will come join and be welcomed into the church family even if it is their first and last time they will be attending. In fact, from what I understand, most Sundays are concluded with a time of fellowship in the basement which everyone is invited to visit and eat whatever happens to be prepared.
This is a must see on your travels through Iowa...ask a neighbor or a co-worker if they know about the Little Brown Church; many times, they have either been there, or they know someone who has, it is a special place for so many people and that is clearly due to the welcoming nature of the church family.