St. Stephen's breaks ground for church in Heathsville
By Jeffrey CerarOn the Feast of Pentecost, 2013, St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Heathsville, Virginia, celebrated the traditional birthday of the church with a groundbreaking ceremony for their new campus. Bishop John Guernsey led over 125 visitors and members of the small, vibrant congregation in a liturgy of blessing in prayer and song.
Among the guests were cousins and descendants of the original owners of the property as well as pastors and members of 10 other congregations in this modest rural community. Everybody present took a turn at the shovels after the Bishop.
With many of the needed pledges already in the building fund, this is an act of sustaining faith. We believe we are fulfilling God’s call for this congregation and that He will provide the remainder of the necessary resources.
Last year St. Stephen’s Anglican Church paid cash for 20 acres of fertile farmland fronting on one of the Northern Neck’s two major highways. Building plans are being finalized by architect David Norden of Warrenton and the necessary permits are all lined up. Actual construction is scheduled to begin this summer. For the past 18 months, St. Stephen’s Anglican has been worshipping in the fellowship hall of First Baptist, Heathsville’s largest African-American church. Their lease extends to late spring of 2014 and with God’s grace, the new building will be ready to occupy.
For more information on how you can offer encouragement and prayers or to make a financial contribution, please contact the Rector or Ward LeHardy, Campaign Chair for Funding at (804) 580-4555.
The Rev. Jeffrey Cerar is rector of St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Heathsville, VA. See more photos from the groundbreaking here.