St. Patrick’s Anglican Church in Westcliffe received a vote of confidence recently when Archbishop James Provence of San Francisco (Anglican Province of Christ the King) sent a huge packing crate, compliments of the diocese. Inside were a beautiful handmade altar, an antique baptismal font and a lectern.
“St. Mark’s in Larkspur, California had moved, and had no more need of these beautiful items, so they have come to live in the humble abode of St. Patrick’s in Westcliffe,” said senior warden Bill Canda of the generous gift.
“The furniture is exactly the right scale and shape to fit into the building we currently rent,” he added.
The mission church expects to receive another shipment soon, of all handmade altar linens designed and constructed for this particular furniture and another batch of Books of Common Prayer, which the church gives to visitors.
In order to save the diocese $350, the church agreed to be responsible for unloading and unpacking the crate, but when time came for the arrival, church members were either at work or at school.
“The cavalry came in the form of Andrew Zeller and Ron Kruis, president and vice president of the local Sangre de Cristo seminary,” said Canda. “They had tools in their trucks to pull apart the lumber that kept the furniture safe from harm during transport.”
St. Patrick will be decked out appropriately for Holy Week services this week. Good Friday’s service will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday Easter Eucharist will take place at 11 a.m. followed by a lamb dinner at the home of one of the parishioners. Everyone attending Easter is welcome to “a place at the table” after church. There is a nursery available for young children.
St. Patrick’s has a Bible/Book study each Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-4 p.m.
For information please call senior warden Canda at 783-2500.