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New Anglican church in Crab Orchard

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After two months of planning, the Anglican Church of the Cumberlands and its 15 members — including two from Roane County — will witness history in the making with the church’s first worship service on April 10.

Father Ernie Pinto will conduct the Passion Sunday Eucharistic service, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in Crab Orchard Christian Church on Hwy. 70.

“The [Christian] church’s pastor and congregation were gracious enough to let us meet here until we can find a permanent place of worship, and we thank them for sharing this lovely church with us,” said John Moore, one of the members of the new congregation.  

The Anglican Church of the Cumberlands is a mission church supported and sponsored by Holy Cross Anglican Church in Farragut.

Pinto is Holy Cross’ rector and will officiate all future services of the eastern Cumberland County church.

“I was amazed by the overwhelming interest in the Anglican Church here on the Plateau and will do everything I can to foster its growth,” Pinto said.

There are several variations of the Anglican Church in America, but Holy Cross and the new Cumberland County mission church are aligned with the Anglican Province of America, which endorses a more conservative and traditional form of Eucharistic worship.

Pinto defines the basic tenets as a “community of faith that believes and professes the gospel of Jesus Christ in the living tradition of the traditional Anglican Church. Our spirituality is rooted in Scripture, prayer, evangelism, celebration of the Eucharist and sharing in the sacramental life of the church.”   

Weekly services begin at 3:30 p.m. and will include Palm Sunday and Easter services.

Visit www.holycrossanglican.net, Cumberland Mission Project link, for more about how to get involved with the new congregation.

Email newestchurch@gmail.com or call Moore at 931-200-2411 for more details.