Sunday, December 7, 2014

Episcopal Church split gave life to three new congregations in the Myrtle Beach area

From South Carolina-

Those who left their home churches in Horry County when the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina broke apart in 2012 have formed new congregations that are working to build the traditions that will one day make them feel like home, too.

“I had the assumption that the Episcopal Church would always be there for me,” said Beth Ault, one of the former members of Trinity Episcopal Church who now is among the small congregation of the newly recognized Church of the Messiah in Myrtle Beach.

Trinity Episcopal has become simply Trinity Church where the majority of the congregation – like that at St. Paul’s Church in Conway – voted to split from the traditional Episcopal Church because they felt it had grown too liberal in changes it was making to liturgy that dates back to the 15th century.

The Episcopal Church’s ordination of a gay bishop in New Hampshire further fanned the discontent.

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