St. Edward's is back from Sabbatical!
St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton was on Sabbatical June-August 2016. Founded in 1956, St. Edward’s, like so many mainline protestant churches, had declined in membership for several years. In 2016, as the vicar went on sabbatical for rest and renewal, the congregation did also. Our goals were to take a break from our traditional worship and at the same time learn about and connect with our community, the way they worship, and how we might see ourselves differently in the future.
Parishioners were locked out on May 31st and Sunday services were cancelled. In June, the congregation worshipped with a non-denominational, two ELCA Lutheran and a Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches. In July, the congregation worshipped with local Episcopal Churches: Church of the Resurrection in Corvallis, Church of the Resurrection in Eugene, Prince of Peace in Salem, St. Francis in Wilsonville, St. James in Lincoln City, St. John's in Milwaukie, St. Timothy's in Salem and Trinity Cathedral in Portland. In August, the congregation worshipped with a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in two synagogues, and with a Bahai Congregation.
On the fourth Sunday of each month, the entire congregation came together to celebrate the Eucharist,
catch up with each other, welcome newcomers and share information about the different places of worship.
St. Edward's is now returned and is discerning our future in Silverton. We are also working out some of the internal things that we do as a congregation - we are considering meeting in the evening once a month, for instance. The Holy Experiment continues! If there is a need that you see in our community that we might be able to meet, please contact us! Phone: 503-873-6188 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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