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ALL SAINTS CONGREGATION RETURNS TO FORT WORTH PARISH

ALL SAINTS CONGREGATION RETURNS TO FORT WORTH PARISH

PRESS RELEASE
May 1, 2021

A congregation in exile for 12 years is returning to its neighborhood church on Sunday, May 2. Over 150 members left the All Saints' Episcopal Church building at 5001 Crestline road in early 2009 after the Diocese voted to dissociate from the episcopal Church.

the group remained under the pastoral leadership of Bishop Jack Iker and rented space in a nearby church belonging to another denomination. in time, they moved again to worship with the congregation of Christ the King Church, also under Bishop Iker (and subsequently Bishop Ryan Reed) and elected Fr. Darryl Pigeon as their rector.

the remaining Crestline congregation continued to align with the episcopal Church and entered a lawsuit for title to the property. earlier this month, with all appeals exhausted and a court order to relinquish possession, that congregation moved to a school chapel, making way for Fr. pigeon's congregation to start fresh.

An open house has been announced for Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday services will be held at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.

Four other church properties have been returned to the Diocese as a result of the lawsuit's conclusion: St. Christopher's and St. Luke's in Fort Worth, St. Elizabeth's in river oaks, and St. Stephen's in Wichita Falls. the Wichita Falls church will reopen May 2; the others will follow later in May.

"As these churches re-open for regular worship," commented Bishop Reed, "the doors will be open to all. Contrary to statements repeated over these years, not one single worshipper is being asked or told not to return."

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