Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Watertown's Christ Church to shut doors next month


[Republican American] 16 June 2009--Eighty-nine years ago, Shirley Palmer was baptized at Christ Church. She was married there and saw her son baptized and confirmed there. Nineteen years ago she attended her husband's funeral at the 245-year-old building on the town Green.

And last year Palmer was there when nearly all of the congregation left to form their own church because of the national Episcopal Church's stance on gays and other issues.

On Sunday, Bishop Laura J. Ahrens of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut told the congregation the final services in the building will be July 26.

It is closing.

"It sort of broke your heart," Palmer said. "But you have to go on."

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