The Fairfax Circuit Court ruled in favor of the Diocese late on Friday, April 27, denying the Falls Church Anglican's motion to stay the Circuit Court's Final Order issued on March 1. With this loss, the Falls Church Anglican and it's 4,000 members will be vacating their historic church home on Broad Street by May 15.
"We are pleased with the Court's decision, and are gratified that the Falls Church (Episcopal) may return to their church home," said Henry D.W. Burt, secretary of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
The 100 member Episcopal congregation will be moving into the property with the Falls Church Day School remaining in their location under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Virginia.
After the court ruled, members of the continuing Episcopal congregation gathered outside the court room for prayer and members of the Anglican congregation were reported to have joined in the circle of prayer as well as the two congregations continue to work out next steps. The Falls Church Anglican is considering an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court if a settlement cannot be reached with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.