All Saints worshippers are a ‘happy bunch’

A new church in Moline, Illinois formed out of the split in the Diocese of Quincy has held its worship in its new home and is getting ready for a visit in April by the Presiding Bishop. The members describe themselves as a “happy bunch” and who are getting more people in church than they expected.

Quad Cities Online reports:

Episcopal priest Canon Laurence Larson reminded parishioner Linwood Goldstone ”of a child with his first toy” during the early days of the new All Saints Episcopal Church in Moline.

He has plenty to be excited about, Mr. Goldstone said.

Better-sized crowds than expected have attended the new church’s first two worship services, and he knows that quite a special guest will visit the church for Palm Sunday services April 5.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, said she will lead the church’s 9 a.m. worship service April 5, a day after she presides over the first synod meeting of a reconstituted Quincy Episcopal Diocese in Peoria….

The creation of the new All Saints Episcopal Church, though, has left him feeling more invigorated now than he has felt for years. So does the creation of a new diocese, which likely will adopt a new name, he said.

The early favorite is Diocese of Central Illinois, chosen to avoid confusion between the Quincy Diocese of the Anglican Communion — the new group belonging to the Southern Cone — and to end any confusion about a Quincy Diocese being headquartered in Peoria.

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