Anglican Church in Virginia Driven from Its Original Property After Legal Battle With Episcopal Church Opens New Sanctuary

The Reverend Sam Ferguson, rector of The Falls Church Anglican of Falls Church, Virginia, announcing the first worship service at their new property in a video posted August 2019. | Vimeo/The Falls Church Anglican

A large theologically conservative congregation that broke away from The Episcopal Church will open its new sanctuary seven years after losing its original property in a lengthy legal battle with the mainline denomination.  

The Falls Church Anglican, a church based in Falls Church, Virginia, that draws its existence back to the 18th century, will hold its first worship services at their new sanctuary on Sunday.

There will be two consecration services held at the new church building, one at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 11:15 a.m.

It will mark the first time that the Anglican congregation has had a sanctuary to worship in since 2012, when they had to relinquish their property to The Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Sam Ferguson, rector at The Falls Church, said in a recent video message online that his congregation experienced “a seven-year season of tabernacling, a season of faithfulness, a season of trusting the Lord.”

“We worshiped at several different local high schools, in a hotel ballroom, in a middle school,” recalled Ferguson. “Although we never missed a Sunday, we missed having a church home.”

Ferguson also celebrated that he’s getting to experience “the great honor of stepping into leadership at this church, at this moment” when the congregation opens their new sanctuary.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski