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  Margaret Gardner sits in her home in Blythewood. Gardner's family was part of the congregation that founded Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in 1743. Gardner will occasionally attend a service with her sister in Columbia, but Cedar Creek will always be her church.
       
     
  House church leader Chris Garduce preaches during a service for The Church at West Vista inside New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia. "When people hear about having church in a bar, everybody just goes, 'What?" said Jody Ratcliffe, pastor of the 2-year-old church. "And then they think and go, 'Wait a minute, that's really cool.'"
       
     
  Julie Livingston leads the choir through practice at Macedonia Lutheran Church in Prosperity.
       
     
  The Charles B. Jackson Singers of Brookland Baptist Church perform during the service in West Columbia.
       
     
  Family and friends bow their heads in prayer during a meeting for The Church at West Vista at the home of pastor Jody Ratcliffe in West Columbia. The Church at West Vista is a house church network that meets at separate homes during the month except for the last Sunday when they go to New Brookland Tavern.
       
     
  Brenda Wood stands for a prayer during the service at The Episcopal Church of Epiphany in Spartanburg. The church has been without a regular priest since May, and attendance has declined to the point that some fear it may be shuttered.
       
     
  Chris Rao laughs during a sermon for OneLife Community Church as he leans back in his seat at Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14 in Columbia. The church moved its weekly meetings Fromm a local gym to the movie theater two years ago.
       
     
  Parishioners begin to leave after the service at Whaley Street United Methodist Church in Columbia.
       
     
  Sister Yvonne Hall, center, walks through the banquet hall making sure everyone is seated for a meal after celebrating the 183rd anniversary service and family day at St. Phillip A.M.E. Church in Eastover.
       
     
  Church pews, a piano, and the altar still remain inside Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in Blythewood, SC. In 2017, the church closed after membership fell to only a handful of parishioners.
       
     
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  Margaret Gardner sits in her home in Blythewood. Gardner's family was part of the congregation that founded Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in 1743. Gardner will occasionally attend a service with her sister in Columbia, but Cedar Creek will always be her church.
       
     

Margaret Gardner sits in her home in Blythewood. Gardner's family was part of the congregation that founded Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in 1743. Gardner will occasionally attend a service with her sister in Columbia, but Cedar Creek will always be her church.

  House church leader Chris Garduce preaches during a service for The Church at West Vista inside New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia. "When people hear about having church in a bar, everybody just goes, 'What?" said Jody Ratcliffe, pastor of the 2-year-old church. "And then they think and go, 'Wait a minute, that's really cool.'"
       
     

House church leader Chris Garduce preaches during a service for The Church at West Vista inside New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia. "When people hear about having church in a bar, everybody just goes, 'What?" said Jody Ratcliffe, pastor of the 2-year-old church. "And then they think and go, 'Wait a minute, that's really cool.'"

  Julie Livingston leads the choir through practice at Macedonia Lutheran Church in Prosperity.
       
     

Julie Livingston leads the choir through practice at Macedonia Lutheran Church in Prosperity.

  The Charles B. Jackson Singers of Brookland Baptist Church perform during the service in West Columbia.
       
     

The Charles B. Jackson Singers of Brookland Baptist Church perform during the service in West Columbia.

  Family and friends bow their heads in prayer during a meeting for The Church at West Vista at the home of pastor Jody Ratcliffe in West Columbia. The Church at West Vista is a house church network that meets at separate homes during the month except for the last Sunday when they go to New Brookland Tavern.
       
     

Family and friends bow their heads in prayer during a meeting for The Church at West Vista at the home of pastor Jody Ratcliffe in West Columbia. The Church at West Vista is a house church network that meets at separate homes during the month except for the last Sunday when they go to New Brookland Tavern.

  Brenda Wood stands for a prayer during the service at The Episcopal Church of Epiphany in Spartanburg. The church has been without a regular priest since May, and attendance has declined to the point that some fear it may be shuttered.
       
     

Brenda Wood stands for a prayer during the service at The Episcopal Church of Epiphany in Spartanburg. The church has been without a regular priest since May, and attendance has declined to the point that some fear it may be shuttered.

  Chris Rao laughs during a sermon for OneLife Community Church as he leans back in his seat at Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14 in Columbia. The church moved its weekly meetings Fromm a local gym to the movie theater two years ago.
       
     

Chris Rao laughs during a sermon for OneLife Community Church as he leans back in his seat at Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14 in Columbia. The church moved its weekly meetings Fromm a local gym to the movie theater two years ago.

  Parishioners begin to leave after the service at Whaley Street United Methodist Church in Columbia.
       
     

Parishioners begin to leave after the service at Whaley Street United Methodist Church in Columbia.

  Sister Yvonne Hall, center, walks through the banquet hall making sure everyone is seated for a meal after celebrating the 183rd anniversary service and family day at St. Phillip A.M.E. Church in Eastover.
       
     

Sister Yvonne Hall, center, walks through the banquet hall making sure everyone is seated for a meal after celebrating the 183rd anniversary service and family day at St. Phillip A.M.E. Church in Eastover.

  Church pews, a piano, and the altar still remain inside Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in Blythewood, SC. In 2017, the church closed after membership fell to only a handful of parishioners.
       
     

Church pews, a piano, and the altar still remain inside Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in Blythewood, SC. In 2017, the church closed after membership fell to only a handful of parishioners.