New Anglican Church Opening Doors Oct. 21

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Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor

With the Beaches population continuing to grow and diversify, a second Anglican church is scheduled to open this month.

The St. John's Anglican Church, which espouses centuries-old traditions of the Episcopal Church, will have its first service Oct. 21 at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club on Ponte Vedra Boulevard.

St. John's is the second Anglican church to open at the Beaches in recent years, along with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Jacksonville Beach. The church joins several new places of worship, including a synagogue and a number of Christian churches, that have opened recently or plan to open at the Beaches.

"The growth in Ponte Vedra and at the Beaches in general is very much the reason we selected this area to start a new mission," said the Rev. Rufus Kite-Powell, who represents the Anglican Province of America and the Diocese of the Eastern United States, which will oversee the new church. He said diocese officials knew of Nocatee, the mammoth development planned for the area west of Ponte Vedra Beach, and other developments when they selected the Beaches.

'It's very apparent that people are coming back to church in general, in all faiths," Kite-Powell said. "We have a lot of people who have young children, in the 2, 3 and 4 and 6 and 7 [years old] range, who want to bring their children up in a church, something that they may not have had when they were children."

The Anglican church "will give them a choice in addition to what is now available with the more contemporary services that churches are coming out with," said Kite-Powell, a Melbourne-based pastor who will serve as the new church's pastor until a permanent one is selected. …