No, no, not St. John’s Shaughnessy, they have 40 people and that extra five makes all the difference. Apparently, “[t]he minimum standard …. for sustainable and viable ministry is being able to afford a priest”. Is the diocese paying for St. John’s priest because Michael Ingham would look too much like a dog in a manger if he didn’t use the building he fought so hard to keep for something that at least bears a passing resemblance to a church – albeit a nearly empty one?
Much better to mothball St. Mark’s which, ironically, is a diocesan appeasing “inclusive community” which is “grounded in social justice” – neither of which prevented Ingham giving them the chop:
Pam Martin married at St. Mark’s Anglican Church. She was baptized and confirmed there, as were her children. But at month’s end, the 52-year-old and the rest of St. Mark’s congregation won’t be allowed to use the church building at 1805 Larch St. anymore.
The Diocese of New Westminster owns the property, and Bishop Michael Ingham told St. Mark’s it couldn’t hold services after Feb. 28, although the building isn’t being closed.
Membership at St. Mark’s is stable but small – about 35 show up for Sunday worship. It’s been able to support only a quarter-time priest for years. Martin is upset about not being able to use the building, which she considers her spiritual home.