Andy Griffith grew up in a Christian home in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and he originally studied to be in the ministry before changing his major to music. It is little wonder to find the church and Mayberry intertwined as Griffith patterned Mayberry after his own experiences growing up in the South. Every episode of the show has a moral center, but in many episodes, the Bibles and church play an important role.
We have collected a list of some of these episodes and would be glad to have you add to this list as you think of episodes where the Bible, the church or scripture are referenced on "The Andy Griffith Show."
The episode where Opie is praying (by his bed) for all his many animals, Rose, and Pa, but leaves out Aunt Bee, who is watching from the hall.
Episode 1: "The New Housekeeper" (Oct. 3, 1960)
Ben Weaver, Mayberry businessman and town Scrooge, demands that Andy lock up accused Moonshiner Sam Muggins on Christmas Eve. Christmas is mentioned and Ellie Walker sings "Away in a Manger," a reference to Luke 2:1-20.
Episode 12: "A Christmas Story" (Dec. 19. 1960)
Opie discusses trading "licorice seeds" for roller skates. Andy reminds him of the Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Opie replies, "Tommy did it unto me, and now I'm doing it unto Jared!"
Episode 15: "The Horse Trader" (Jan. 9, 1961)
Barney referred to the story of David and Goliath when he was showing Opie how to shoot a slingshot.
Episode 96: "Opie, the Bird Man" (Sept. 30, 1963)
The Taylor's were going to church and the pastor had invited Dr. Harrison Everett Breen to be the guest speaker. Andy said, "I'm going preachin', are you?" Dr. Breen tells the town to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
Episode 99: "A Sermon for Today" (October 21, 1963)
Andy and Barney talked about Mrs. Mendlebright being presented the "White Bible" at Church.
Episode 105: "Up in Barney's Room" (Dec. 2, 1963)
When Mr. Frisbee was being kicked off his land, Aunt Bee was very angry that Andy could not stop it. She said to Andy "Do unto others...." which references Matthew 7:12. She did not complete the passage though. She was chastising Andy about Mr. Frisbee and telling him (Andy) he should go to church more often.
Episode 111: "Aunt Bee, the Crusader" (Jan. 20, 1964)
Barney gets discouraged when Gomer replaces him in the choir. The church (building) was seen as the rehearsal place in "The Song Festers"
Episode 115: "The Song Festers" (24 Feb 64)
The little old lady that steals from Weavers Department Store always carries her Bible with her in her bag.
Episode 116: "The Shoplifters" (March 2, 1964)
The Taylor's were sitting on the porch watching people go to church, and Opie started telling Johnny Paul Jason about the sermon at the early service that they'd attended. Opie said it was a good one and started telling about Cain and Abel, but Andy stopped him. Opie said something like "That's all I can tell you, Johnny Paul, but don't be surprised if someone gets killed." Andy told him that Biblical knowledge is a fine thing but you don't have to flaunt it.
Episode: may be 131 - "Family Visit" (Oct 5, 1964).
Clara Edwards turns on her feminine charms in order to secure a new church organ. The church (building) also played a pivotal role.
Episode 174: "The Church Organ" (Dec. 13, 1965)
Floyd Lawson and Goober Pyle are among the investors in a questionable scheme to unearth a buried treasure. When they were digging for the lost treasure, Goober said the man had a family Bible and if he had a Bible he must have come from good stock.
Episode 205: "Don't Miss a Good Bet" (Jan. 2, 1967)
When Aunt Bee was on the jury she put her hand on the Bible when she took her oath.
Episode 227: "Aunt Bee, the Juror" (Oct. 23, 1967)
When the church acquires money from an estate, one group wants to buy new choir robes, while another group wants to fix a structural problem that causes the house of worship to lean. Howard Sprague got his answer for the church leaning problem from the Bible (Noah and the Flood). He looked up in the sky and said "Thank you!" to God.
Episode 238: "The Church Benefactors" (Jan. 22, 1968)