STEVENSVILLE –The historic former Christ Church in old Stevensville has a new tenant.
Christ Lutheran Church, which has held services in the 1880-vintage frame structure since January 2009, has moved to Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, and St. Stephen’s Anglican Mission Church has moved into the old Christ Church building.
Both moves became effective on Sunday, Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.
Christ Lutheran Church is affiliated with the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church, a denomination founded in 1997 by former members of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church. It describes itself on its web site as “A Lutheran Church in the Catholic Tradition.”
“Our goal is to reunite with the Roman Catholic Church,” said The Most Rev. Dr. Jens Bargmann, the church’s pastor. “We have been offered the use of a Roman Catholic Church in Davidsonsville, the historic Chapel of the Holy Family at826 W. Central Ave.in Davidsonsville.” He said the church has members on both sides of theChesapeake Bay.
Christ Lutheran’s first service in its new location was the 10:30 a.m.mass on Sunday, Jan. 6. Information on its schedule of services and new location are available by logging onto www.christalcc.org
St. Stephen’s Anglican Mission Church is affiliated with the Anglican Province of America (APA), which offers “friendly and faithful traditional Anglican worship,” said the Rt. Rev. Robert Loiselle, Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Crownsville. St. Stephen’s is a mission church of St. Paul’s. Loiselle is also Assistant Bishop in the APA.
“We’ve always liked this church. It’s a very comfortable church that suits our services. Everything we need is here,” Loiselle said of historic Christ Church.
A lease was recently signed with Queen Anne’s County, which owns the building, said the Rev. Thomas Burr, Priest-in-Charge, a post he also holds at St. Aidan’sAnglicanMissionChurchin Chestertown, another mission ofSt. Paul’s.
“I am excited about going back to our roots,” Burr said, referring to the fact that Christ Church on Kent Island is the oldest Christian congregation in Maryland.
St. Stephen’s offers Morning Prayer at 11 a.m.at the outset and will eventually be adding the service of Holy Communion, Burr said. The church, as do all churches in the APA, will use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
Burr and Loiselle said St. Stephen’s seeks “unchurched people” and offers services that are “bible-based and open to all people” in what they call a growing part of the state.
St. Stephen’s is currently in the process of creating a web site but information on the new mission church is available by contacting Burr at either 410-672-6694 or 443-386-0115.
St. Aidan’s web site, which offers information on traditional Anglican worship, is available at www.staidansapa.org
The web site www.anglicanprovince.org provides information on the Anglican Province of America.
The historic former Christ Church is noted for its Queen Anne style of architecture and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The building was purchased by Queen Anne’s County in 2003 and has undergone restoration.