Commission recommends reducing Anglican/Lutheran parishes in city

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

To address challenges facing congregations in the city, a report from the Peterborough Covenant Church Commission recommends the number of Anglican-Lutheran parishes be reduced from 5 to 2.

The report states the two remaining parishes would be renamed with two governance structures.

No church has been named for possible closure or amalgamation.

Parishes under review included St. John the Evangelist on Brock St; St. Luke’s on Armour Rd; All Saints on Rubidge St; St. Barnabas on Hilliard St. and Christ Lutheran on Highland Drive.

The report recommends one “downtown core” church (St. John’s or All Saints) and an “uptown area” church.

Senior Pastor Bradley Smith of St. John the Evangelist says the current model of congregational life is unsustainable in the long term:

No timeline has been given for any changes. Parishes will hold town halls this week with a vote on Feb. 12 on whether to op-in or opt-out of the Commission’s recommendation

Finances, attendance, building status and increasing costs were all factors in the extensive report launched last year. Among the 5 churches, attendance has dropped from 1,000 to 500 from 2001 to 2014.

FULL STORY by Greg Davis:

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