The River Road church’s doors will be locked by the end of the month and the property will be put up for sale. (Click photos to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Fair Haven’s Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion will shut its doors later this month, ending more than a century of mission, redbankgreen has learned.
The planned closing imperils a privately owned preschool on church property, impacting 55 students and dozens of families, though Mayor Mike Halfacre says local officials are trying to expedite approvals for a new location.
The church’s vestry the managing body of Episcopal churches decided Sepember 9 to shut down the River Road landmark because it is no longer viable, with more than a half-dozen Episcopal churches in the area, according to the pastor, Rev. Nancy Speck.
Its last Mass will be held on Oct0ber 24, the church’s 125th anniversary, said Speck.
“It’s going to be very bittersweet,” she said. “This has been a wonderful church.”
Because of the closing, two people will automatically step into the state’s long unemployment line: Speck, who lives in Point Pleasant, and the church’s maintenance worker. But it may also trigger a domino effect of bad news for greater Fair Haven.