On my way back from hiking at Price Lake one day I decided to follow the sign to Jonas Ridge United Methodist Church. Jonas Ridge is a small town in the northern part of our county. It is so far north that the kids in Jonas Ridge go to Avery County’s school calendar (we live in Burke County).
When I turned off of NC 181 following the sign for Jonas Ridge UMC, you take a short curvy road past the fire station to the church. The church is a small building right a across the street from Jonas Ridge Baptist Church. The two churches share a cemetery and play ground as the Jonas Ridge Community Cemetery (maintained by Jonas Ridge UMC – says a sign). The church has as small sanctuary. According to the Annual Conference website (WNCCUMC) they are on a charge with Altamont UMC. The worship around thirty every Sunday.
Jonas Ridge is a popular place because of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Christmas Tree Farm, and Linville Falls nearby.
This is part of an ongoing series spotlighting rural United Methodist Churches I stumble upon in my journeys. Stay tuned for Rehobeth UMC and Lee’s Chapel UMC in the next few weeks.