A Chattanoogan Profile of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Anniston, Alabama

Posted by Kendall Harmon

While the Anniston church is a local architectural and historical treasure and it has some endowment money for help with the upkeep and preservation, the church’s spiritual presence faces a more challenging future.

Not only are mainline denominations like the Episcopal church facing declining attendance numbers, but the Anniston church is located in a secluded and not as fashionable location away from suburban growth or a main downtown street.

Dr. [Hugh] Jones said the church averages about 80 in attendance on an average Sunday, although it had a good crowd on Christmas Eve. Besides catering to its regular worshipers, the church also has some outreach ministries that involve even better its immediate neighbors who may be struggling financially or in other ways.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC Parishes* Christian Life / Church LifeChurch HistoryParish Ministry* Culture-WatchArchitecture

Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Anniston is in Alabama actually.

The headline has been corrected. Thank you for the head’s up.


January 3, 10:46 am | [comment link]
2. Pb wrote:

And if the church is able to continue moving forward positively in its ministry efforts, its praised architecture that reflects its kinship with a well-known downtown Chattanooga church will likely be a key reason. If this is the key reason the future appears bleak.

January 3, 6:09 pm | [comment link]
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