Diocese Welcomes New Parish

Diocese Welcomes New Parish

by Nicole Baxley

The floor of Convention lit up with excitement as the Resolution R3-12 was voted on and immediately passed, changing the status of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Rocklin from a mission to a parish. A parade of joy-filled congregants proudly marched through the crowd to the front of the room, each carrying a balloon as bright in color as the spirits of its owner. The energy of the room swept up the crowd and the entire audience rose to their feet in joyful applause. The Rev. Liz Armstrong stood at the microphone surrounded by many proud members of this new parish and conveyed the journey the people of St. Augustine had shared and the many transitions that brought them to this moment. A video presentation revealed that the true heart of St. Augustine is its people and the family they have created with each other, making each Sunday a true blessing of family and fellowship. Upon conclusion of the presentation, members of this new parish, accompanied by Sarah Quinney on guitar, led all of Convention in a beautiful rendition of, “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky” by Daniel L. Schutte. The room swelled with energy as the group reached the chorus of “Here I am Lord”, moving some to tears. These amazing moments shared by all on the floor of Convention were a true testament to the joy and excitement this diocese felt for their newest parish.


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