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A look inside Wytheville's Smallest Church

Published On: Jul 20 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 21 2013 06:25:10 PM EDT

Churches, like faith, come in all shapes and sizes, but one place of worship gets back to basics.

come in all shapes and sizes. But, one house of God in Wytheville is getting back to basics. And, as WDBJ7's Susan Bahorich found out, bigger isn't always better. Nearly 150-yards off one of the busiest and noisiest highways in Southwest Virginia, sits one of the smallest and most peaceful places you might ever find. Mike Cassell, Land Owner: I'm the 5th generation on this property and I couldn't think of a better use of some of our family farm. At first glance, it could be a shed. But, if you look closer, you'll find a little church with big heart. Welcome to Wytheville's Smallest Church. Brian Wolford: Essentially the point of the church is a sanctuary, a place of solace where somebody can come. Brian Wolford was inspired when he visited another small church. From there, the idea grew. Friend Mike Cassell came forward with the land. Cassell: It's a pleasure to be apart of it. Inside this 12 by 16- foot space are all the things you'd expect to see in a regular size church: pews, stained glass, an alter, and of course, the good book. Brian Wolford: It's just an opportunity to sit down in a cruel and fast paced world, catch your breath and experience a short time with the lord. The church doesn't have a congregation or set services. But, it's always open for those might need it. Cassell: That was our real reason for being here is- to serve God and offer an opportunity for people to rest or just someplace that's quiet to say a prayer, meditate or just some time alone. And, from the more than 4-thousand visitors its received from Singapore, Japan and all 50-states - this little church seems to be serving the Lord and its purpose. In Wytheville, Susan Bahorich, WDBJ7. The church has no heat, air conditioning or bathrooms, but that hasn't stopped people from visiting. The men estimate the electric bill is under 25-dollars a month. And, the church collects its water from the rain gutters. We are