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Anglicans breathe life into historic house of worship

The congregation of All Saints Anglican Church in Saluda has repainted and refurbished the inside of the church. The former Centenary United Methodist Church building was built in 1883 and has been home to the Anglicans since 2010. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Just a few years ago, odds were against the survival of the building that once housed historic Centenary United Methodist Church in Saluda. At the time, church services were no longer held at this cornerstone building in the Middlesex Courthouse Square. The building was deteriorating and it appeared destined to be torn down.

There have been many positive changes since those days.

The church building has been saved and renovated, and this Sunday Easter services will be held there by the All Saints Anglican Church, which bought the building a few years and re-established a house of worship there.

The Anglicans held their first worship service in the building in September of 2010.

Now, on the 130th anniversary of this house of worship, the inside of the church is being given a makeover.

Church member Roger Hopper of Urbanna said All Saints Anglican Church is small in numbers but has a dedicated core group of members. “We have a strong group of people who want to see this work,” he said. “We invite everyone to come and join us. We have a wonderful worship experience and a wonderful church building too.”

All Saints has Sunday worship and Holy Communion at 11 a.m., and an Adult Bible Class at 10 a.m.

All Saints Anglican Church is an off-shoot of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC). The ACC was formed in 1978 in response to liberal changes in the Episcopal Church. Father Johnson remarked, “We believe God’s Word—the Bible—is timeless and applicable to every generation, to all the issues and challenges of life. But at the same time, we don’t believe it’s appropriate to change the historical, orthodox interpretation of God’s Word to fit into changing, contemporary social morals.”

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posted 03.27.2013

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