All Saints church moves into temporary home on Kelly Dr.

Tue, 07/17/2007 - 2:03pm
By: The Citizen

All Saints Anglican

All Saints Anglican Church found a way station in Peachtree City last week while on the road to its own permanent property and church building. It moved into a commercial site at 303 Kelly Dr. where services resumed Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

“We will be here for several years,” said church planner, Charles Gardner. “For now, this co-locates our office with the other parish functions. It also gives us an added measure of stability and convenience since we don’t have to “re-assemble ourselves” each Sunday as we did at the elementary school.”

Gardner added, “We are grateful for the use of Huddleston Elementary, but this move offers several advantages. This is a 4,200 sq. ft. building which actually consists of two commercial suites. It provides a large sanctuary that will accomodate over 150 people and can be used for other purposes besides worship. We have added Sunday school classrooms, a sacristy, a nursery and offices.”

The facility was formerly used by a golf instruction business and required extensive interior construction to be suitable for the church. French Bell, a parishioner who is a retired engineer, supervised most of the preparation and spent many hours coordinating the work over the last few weeks.

“We have added walls, carpet, paint, altar rails, raised the altar area and generally changed the entire look of this place,” said Bell. “Most of this work was paid for by the church, even though we are renting these suites.”

The interior of the building has also been adorned with religious symbols, large oil paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross and Madonna and Child, upholstered chairs and other decorative features.

Besides Sunday services, the 6 p.m.Wednesday Compline service and covered dish dinner will also resume at the Kelly Drive church. The rapidly growing parish of 240 had been previously conducting Compline at the Log House in Rockspray subdivision

All Saints is already searching for at least ten acres of property on which to build its own permanent church building. It is also interviewing applicants for a permanent priest position. The church has been using temporary priests since its formation four months ago.

All Saints is part of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a missionary outreach of the Anglican Church of Nigeria under the leadership of Bishop Martyn Minns of Fairfax, Va.

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