About 250 members of an Abbotsford church are preparing to leave their location, following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling last week.
Much of the congregation and clergy of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, located at 2010 Guilford Drive, will now share space with the members of Grace Evangelical Bible Church, located at 2087 McMillan Rd.
Rector Mike Stewart said the move should be completed about mid-July.
Stewart said the court decision has been devastating for the St. Matthew’s congregation, many of whom were involved in raising funds for the construction of the church when it moved from Montvue Avenue in 1977. An expansion to the building took place in the 1990s.
“It’s very difficult for us to leave … We realize a church is not just a building, but it’s what it represents to us,” Stewart said.
He said a final “exodus service” will be held at St. Matthew’s in mid-July, after which the congregation will walk to its new home at Grace Church.
It’s too soon to think about whether the parish will find its own location in the future, Stewart added.
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