Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Eagle Rock congregation explores its past as doubts are raised about church’s future

St Barnabus Church Eagle Rock

EAGLE ROCK — Saint Barnabas Episcopal is “the prettiest little church in Eagle Rock,” Eric Warren, vice president of the Eagle Rock Historical Society, told the L.A. Times.  The historical society is supporting efforts to research the church’s past as some worry about St. Barnabas’ future.  At the moment, the congregation of the church, built in 1924, is too small even to have a regular priest, the Times reports.

Instead, the Episcopalian Church provides priests to conduct services at the church, rises above the corner of Chickasaw and Caspar avenues . Anita Britt, a parishioner who is working on the church’s history, told the Times she recently counted counted just 15 people at a Sunday service.

“St. Barnabas fell below the threshold,” said Anita Britt, citing controversial issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and female clergy as factors in declining church attendance. “Everything was changing and people became disillusioned.”

The property may be sold if attendance keeps dropping, Britt said.

Warren said the historical society is working with Britt and others in the church who are trying to document St. Barnabas’ history. The congregation dates back to 1908, when it was founded as a mission.

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One comment

  1. That is really a shame.

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