New church in South Molton cemetery chapel

DISAFFECTED Anglicans are setting up a church of their own in South Molton. The very first South West branch of the Anglican Catholic Church is opening in the cemetery chapel in Mill Street at 10am on Sunday morning. The first mass at the Mission of St B

DISAFFECTED Anglicans are setting up a church of their own in South Molton.

The very first South West branch of the Anglican Catholic Church is opening in the cemetery chapel in Mill Street at 10am on Sunday morning.

The first mass at the Mission of St Benedict will be celebrated by the church's bishop, the Right Reverend Damien Mead, followed by tea and coffee.

The deacon in charge, Father Michael Clothier, who lives in the town, said the church had agreed to lease the burial chapel from South Molton Town Council and would hold weekly Sunday morning services.


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The church currently has seven members in the town.

"We've be looking for a suitable location for a while and the town council has very kindly allowed us to use the funeral chapel," said Fr Clothier.

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The ACC was formed internationally in 1978 and has spread throughout the world. It was established in the UK in 1992, by church-goers who were concerned at changes and innovations occurring within the Church of England.

Fr Clothier said the church was open to anyone who was unhappy with what he called the "liberal direction" of the modern church. "If you are just curious or if you are looking for a church home, we welcome people of good will to join us in our worship and learn more about our church and the Christian faith we hold," he said.

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