Anglican Church Dedicated In Lakewood
Lakewood Anglican Church was dedicated as mission church of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) at 5 p.m. on October 5th, 2014. The Archdeacon of the Great Lakes Diocese of the ACNA, Reverend Mark Scotton, was present as a representative of the Diocese and delivered the sermon. The dedication marks a shift as Lakewood Anglican moves from holding monthly services, which began in March of 2014, to holding weekly services. Services are held Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 14560 Madison Avenue, Lakewood.
While the Church has just moved to weekly services, Lakewood Anglican has been several years in the making. “God began this church as a small group in 2010 in a living room,” said Reverend Sean Templeton, the Vicar (Pastor) of Lakewood Anglican and a Lakewood resident. “We did not know it then, but God desired an Anglican church in Lakewood. It's grown quickly. We are just trying to keep up with what the Lord is doing.”
One of the early challenges in the formation of Lakewood Anglican Church was finding a building in which to meet. It was through Brian Upton, the director of Building Hope in the City, that Templeton met Reverend Mike Wallace, the pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Gethsemane, a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, quickly agreed to host Lakewood Anglican. “I was impressed when Father Sean and Deacon Kevin stated that they were looking not for any church to rent space,” said Wallace, “but one that shared their conservative values and belief that God's Word is true and trustworthy. I have enjoyed learning about the Anglican tradition and how it is very similar to our tradition but with a few interesting differences.” Members of both church congregations collaborated recently on a project to update landscaping around the church building. “I look forward to a long relationship as we get to know each other and help one another out in Christian love,” said Wallace.
While the dedication service followed the liturgical form of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, it had distinct differences from an average weekly service. The service began on the steps and sidewalk outside the church, where the congregation and clergy prayed before processing into the church as a group. Eighty people were in attendance, including members of Lakewood Anglican, members of Gethsemane Lutheran and fellow Anglican church Christ Church Westshore, and visitors and supporters from all over the Diocese.
When asked his favorite part of the service, West Park resident Vic Evin said, “…the point where Archdeacon Mark Scotton anointed us with the oil stock, making the sign of the cross on our foreheads and on both of our outstretched hands, commissioning us for service to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Westlake resident Leah Hottel remarked, “Lakewood Anglican is not what your average American thinks of as church. Its worship has a sense of mystery and awe, taking you out of the doldrums and every day happenings of life and reminding you there is more to life than what is on the surface. Yet, we still connect as a community, sharing in those every day moments - eating, drinking, enjoying Lakewood living together.”
“Things have moved quickly,” said Mission Council member and Lakewood resident Patrick Yarnevic. “I think in time that Lakewood Anglican can become a real destination in Lakewood."
For more information about Lakewood Anglican Church, visit lakewoodanglican.com or contact the Church at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the Anglican Church in North America, visit anglicanchurch.net.
Holly Shaheen is the Communications Coordinator for Lakewood Anglican Church. She lives in Lakewood with her husband, Seth.